Close Casting Calls (The Ladies)
Dreamgirls was a film that was literally decades in the making. After the immense success of the Broadway musical, everybody was vying to turn the theater production into a feature film. Naturally, they wanted big named starlets for the leading roles of Deena and Effie. In the ’80’s Jasmine Guy was in the running to play Deena. In the ’90’s, it was supposed to be Lauryn Hill and even Whitney Houston. When it came to Effie White, Kelly Price was considered, along with Disney star Raven Symone and Jennifer Hudson’s “American Idol” co-star, Fantasia. Though it would have been interesting to see Kelly in this role, Jennifer played Effie to a tee.