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Queen Latifah to portray Bessie Smith in HBO movie

6/17/2014
Queen Latifah to portray Bessie Smith in HBO movie © AP / Queen Latifah Queen Latifah to portray Bessie Smith in HBO movie

WENN

Rapper-turned-actress and TV personality Queen Latifah is set to portray blues star Bessie Smith in a new HBO movie.

The star is developing "Blue Goose Hollow," which is slated to begin production in Atlanta this summer.

Pariah's Dee Rees is writing and directing the biopic and Latifah will also serve as a producer on the project.

Smith died in a car crash in 1937.

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