11 June 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael K. Williams is set to co-star with Queen Latifah in the HBO telepic “Bessie.”

Mo’Nique, “Treme” actress Khandi Alexander and Charles S. Dutton are also on board with Dee Rees writing and directing the pic.

Story is based on the true story of Bessie Smith, who overcame her tempestuous personal life to become one of the most acclaimed performing and recording artists of the 1920s and ’30s, earning the nickname “Empress of the Blues.”

Details on Williams’ role are vague except for sources describing it as Ike Turner-esque.

The pic is produced by HBO Films in association with Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s Flavor Unit Entertainment and Lili and the late Richard Zanuck’s the Zanuck Co., with Lili Fini Zanuck, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel serving as executive producer and Richard Zanuck also getting a posthumous exec producer credit.

Ever since »


- Justin Kroll

Report a problem



Similar News Items

Mark Wahlberg (I)
"Boardwalk Empire" (2010)
Queen Latifah


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners