Queen Latifah is set to star in HBO's upcoming biopic about legendary blues singer Bessie Smith. Smith was so successful in the '20s and '30s that she was known as the Empress of the Blues. Latifah showed off some serious singing prowess in 2002's "Chicago," but has lately been focusing on her talk show, "The Queen Latifah Show."
The film will be written and directed by Dee Rees, who also directed the indie hit "Pariah." A release date has not been set, but HBO has had good luck with its original movies in the past, with the Steven Soderbergh-directed Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" bringing home a series of awards.
Journalists, prepare your best Empress/Queen headline puns.