First Look: Queen Latifah To Star As Blues Icon Bessie Smith In 2015 HBO Film

Queen Latifah’s talk show may not be returning to your TV sets, but the singerrapper and actress has an even bigger project by way of Bessie Smith.

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The multi-hyphenate celeb will be making her return to the small screen in 2015 for HBO’s new film BESSIE. In the film—which is executive produced by Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone, and Randi Michel—Queen will star as the iconic blues singer, Bessie Smith, during her transition from humble beginnings to “The Empress of the Blues.”

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