For years there’s been talk of a possible Lena Horne biopic. In fact, in 2003 Janet Jackson was the lucky lady selected to play Miss Horne, but after her 2004 Superbowl wardrobe malfunction Lena Horne demanded that she not play her. Since that time, talk of any sort of Lena Horne project appeared to have been tabled, but when we caught up with actress Salli Richardson at the African American Film Critics Association Awards she told us she actually has a project in the works.

The 46-year-old told us on the red carpet that she’s currently shopping a Lena Horne project for Broadway and that the script has already been completed. She also says she’s been singing a lot lately in preparation for the role which means Richardson just may living up to the status of Miss Lena Horne herself who starred in her own one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,which ran for more than 300 performances on Broadway. Do you think Salli might be able to pull off the same run?

Check out what she had to say about the project and her thoughts on black women in film and “12 Years a Slave” in the video above. Are you excited?

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