queenlatifahshowTony nominee Charles S. Dutton, Oscar winner Mo’Nique, Tika Sumpter and Mike Epps will join Queen Latifah in HBO’s film about the late Bessie Smith, which is simply titled “Bessie.”

Latifah will play the famed blues singer in the film written and directed by Dee Rees.

“Bessie,” according to Deadline.com, “chronicles how Smith overcame her tempestuous personal life to become one of the most acclaimed performing and recording artists of the 1920s and ’30s, earning the nickname Empress of the Blues.”

A broadcast date has yet to be announced.


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