Queen Latifah To Produce And Star In New HBO Movie On The Life Of Bessie Smith

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Queen Latifah is doing just about everything these days. She’s producing TV shows and movies, hosting her own talk show, and now, she’s about to bring to life the story of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith.

According to Shadow and Act, the HBO movie will be directed by Dee Rees, the woman behind the 2011 movie Pariah (a very good independent movie by the way), and she will write the film as well. Latifah will star as Smith, and her production company Flavor Unit, as well as the Zanuck Company, Shelby Stone Productions, and HBO, will back the project. Production is slated to start in June and could reportedly take place in Atlanta.

The movie, which will be called Blue Goose Hollow, will tell the story of Smith’s life and reportedly “debunk many of the myths that have circulated about her” over the years. 

Smith was born in Chatanooga, Tennessee in 1892 and went on to become the biggest blues singer in the ’20s and ’30s, known as The Empress of The Blues. Her career took a hit during the Great Depression, and as she was trying to make a comeback, she lost her life in 1937 due to severe injuries from a major car crash. This will be the first time Smith’s story will be brought to the big screen.

We’re really excited about this news. What about you?

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