A movie now in production will tell the story of Chess Records, the great R&B label of the late 50s and early 60s. The story will give particular attention to Etta James, a singer I love a lot, whose songs are proudly saved on my computer and who I have seen live in concert back in the 1990s.
Singer/Actress (emphasis on the singer) Beyonce Knowles will be playing Etta James. Notice the resemblance? Me neither. Their voices aren't much alike, either.
Playing legendary blues guitarist Muddy Waters will be the lovely and talented Jeffrey Wright. Notice the resemblance? Me neither. The importance difference here is that I know Jeffrey Wright is a good enough actor to pull this off. Ms. Knowles, while probably the sweetest piece of eye candy in pop music today, hasn't shown that much talent on the acting side.
Hooray for Hollywood.
Now playing: Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind