Monday, March 31, 2008

Mos Def = Chuck Berry?

My favorite musician-turned-actor, Mos Def, is set to portray Chuck Berry in the movie "Cadillac Records." Here's a summary of the plot, by way of the Hollywood Reporter:

Written and directed by Darnell Martin ("Their Eyes Were Watching God"), the film is set in 1950s Chicago and follows the turbulent but exciting lives of Leonard Chess, who founded Chess Records, and the label's artists, including Waters, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf.

Chess started the label with his younger brother, Phil, started the record company by traveling the south selling records out of the trunk of their Cadillac.

It looks like it's not a starring role for Mos Def, as he'll be in company with alot of other actors playing musicians of the era. What would be interesting is if Mos or anyone else in the cast will do what Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon did in "Walk the Line" and perform some of the music themselves.
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