While the HBO biopic still doesn’t have a release date, the network has let loose the first pictures of Queen Latifah as iconic Blues singer Bessie Smith in a small-screen film slated for next year.  She will also be an executive producer for the film.

Smith was a blues icon in the 1920s. Her popular songs include “Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out” and collaborations with Louis Armstrong, such as “I Ain’t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle” and “St. Louis Blues.”

She was born in Chattanooga, Tennenesse and signed with Columbia Records in 1923.

“Bessie” will also star Mo’Nique and Mike Epps.

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