Blackballed? Mo’Nique To Star In New HBO Biopic Alongside Queen Latifah
You can’t keep a good woman down for too long. Even though Mo’Nique has been all over the news talking about being blackballed in the industry, it looks like things might be turning around in her favor.
Earlier, we reported that Queen Latifah was starring as Bessie Smith in the new HBO biopic, Bessie. She’ll also serve as executive producer for the project. And she’s bringing her crew with her.
The cast will include some of our absolute faves, like Michael K. Williams as Bessie’s husband, Khandi Alexander as her big sister, Mike Epps as a bootlegger and boot thang and Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey, a fellow Blues singer and Bessie’s rumored lover.
The movie will chronicle Bessie’s successes, the affair with Rainey and her struggles with alcoholism.
Supporting cast includes Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter and Charles Dutton.
Sounds like this will be a winner.
Directed by Dee Rees, (Pariah), Bessie will air on HBO on May 16.