At Last, Beyonce Plays Etta James

Beyonce Knowles

Cedric the Entertainer is putting together Cadillac Records, about the rise and fall of Leonard Chess, who used to sell records out of the back of his car, and Beyonce Knowles has just been cast to play Etta James, according to, joining Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters and Adrien Brody as Chess himself..

The period piece follows the rise and fall of Chess Records, which launched the careers of such R&B greats as Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Chess, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, scoured the South, checking out the various blues scenes and selling records from the back of his Cadillac. Cedric the Entertainer will play Willie Dixon, who wrote most of the hits records and was part of the famous company. One of his most famous songs was “Hoochie Coochie Man”.

This could be a pretty cool movie, but it might also be forging an unsettling trend of playing music legends for Beyonce. First, she’s “not Diana Ross” in Dreamgirls, now she’s Etta James. If they keep cranking out biopics like this, soon she’ll be Lena Horne, Josephine Baker and Whitney Houston.

Seriously, don’t you want to see Beyonce wearing this get-up in Whitney: Didn’t She Almost Have It All?

Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard

Aren’t you excited to see who they’ll choose to play Buzz-Cut Kevin Costner in the behind-the-scenes foreshadowing during the filming of The Bodyguard? Maybe Ashton Kutcher! Oh boy! Hurry up, Hollywood! Exploit this woman’s tragedy next!

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