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Thu Feb 21 07:17:25 EST 2008

Beyonce Knowles is adding "executive producer"
to her resume. The 10-time Grammy
winner has signed on to executive produce and
star in Darnell Martin's "Cadillac Records" for
Sony BMG Films.
Knowles will play Etta James in the 1950s period
film about the Chicago record company
Chess Records; its founder, Leonard Chess; and
the turbulent lives of some of the label's legends,
who included Muddy Waters, Little Walter,
Howlin' Wolf and Chuck Berry.
Martin ("Their Eyes Were Watching God")
penned the screenplay. Sony BMG's Andrew
Lack and Sofia Sondervan are producing for the
3-year-old specialty label.
Knowles joins a cast that includes Adrien
Brody (Chess), Jeffrey Wright (Waters), Cedric
the Entertainer (Willie Dixon) and Columbus
Short (Little Walter). Emmanuelle Chriqui and
Tammy Blanchard co-star.
Music for the film is being produced by Steve
Jordan ("Cars," "The Sopranos"). Knowles will
record four songs for the soundtrack, which
will be released through Music World Entertainment
and Columbia Records.
The singer/actress will donate a portion of
her fees for the film to recovering addicts
through her family's charity, the Survivor Foundation,
according to her reps.
Knowles ("Austin Powers in Goldmember")
earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role
as Deena Jones in 2006's "Dreamgirls" and a
2008 Grammy nomination for best compilation
soundtrack album for the film. She also was
nominated for the record of the year Grammy
this year for her song "Irreplaceable."
‹Leslie Simmons, The Hollywood Reporter

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