Beyonce To Play Etta James?!
January 26, 2008
According to Contact Music — “R&B star Beyonce Knowles is set to play famed blues singer Etta James in new movie Cadillac Records. The “Dreamgirls” actress will join Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright and Cedric the Entertainer in the 1950s-set film, reports AOL.com. Actor Matt Dillon has been replaced by Oscar-winning Brody in the role of Leonard Chess, the founder of legendary blues label Chess Records, after scheduling conflicts forced him to pull out of the project. Filming is due to take place later this year (08) in New Jersey and Mississippi. 26/01/2008 14:22″
IMHO, this is most distressing news, and I am hoping it is a mistake of some sort. I truly, truly love the artistry of Miss Etta and if there will be singing in this movie, it had better by Beyonce Lipsynching to Miss Etta and not trying to imitate her. Only time will tell. I will be keeping my fingers crossed!