Bessie Smith Biopic to Star Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah to Star in Bessie Smith Biopic

Queen Latifah to star in HBO-produced Bessie Smith biopic.

And your latest semi-tragic musician biopic comes courtesy of HBO, which is developing a movie about '20s and '30s blues singer Bessie Smith — a.k.a. the “Empress of Blues” — starring none other than Queen Latifah.

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