In the tradition of truly great musical biopics such as THE HELEN MORGAN STORY, LADY SINGS THE BLUES and THE ROSE (to name just a few), the HBO presentation of BESSIE gives star QUEEN LATIFAH what is, arguably, the role of a lifetime. A sumptuous period piece detailing the rise, fall and rise again of legendary blues singer BESSIE SMITH, the film allows its star to demonstrate both acting and singing chops we’ve not seen or heard from her in the past.
Produced by LILI and RICHARD ZANUCK, directed by DEE REES and featuring a cast that also includes Academy Award-winner Mo’NIQUE, BRYAN GREENBERG, KHANDI ALEXANDER, OLIVER PLATT, MIKE EPPS, TIKA SUMPTER and MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS, the film is top-notch from beginning to end.
Already the recipient of several Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations, BESSIE will, undoubtedly, be mentioned several times in the upcoming Emmy nominations on 7/16 as well.
At a recent press conference to promote the film, QUEEN LATIFAH talked about getting involved with the role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
BESSIE is currently running on HBO and HBOGO.