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Friday, December 21, 2007

Latifah, Hudson, And Maybe Some Keys....

Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), and Jennifer Hudson have joined the cast of "The Secret Life of Bees", a drama for Fox Searchlight. Dakota Fanning had already been attached to play Lily Owens, a fourteen year-old girl, living in 1964, who runs away from her abusive father and is taken in by three beekeeping sisters (Latifah, Okonedo, and potentially Alicia Keys). Hudson will play the girl's "caregiver and only friend" who runs away with her to South Carolina.

Variety reports that the film is based on a 2002 bestseller by Sue Monk Kidd. Gina Prince-Blythewood (Love & Basketball) is directing. Lauren Shuler Donner and Jack Leslie are producing alongside James Lassiter, Will Smith and Joe Pichirallo.

That's some heavyweight material, both literally and figuratively.

14 comments:

Julia_Claudine_Deveraux said...

I wanna fight you for the heavyweight comment LMAO!!!! I think I may skipping this "magical negro" fest. Why we always gotta save YT dayum!!!!

KIKI said...

Looks pretty good. I'll definately check it out, just not sure if it'll be in the theaters or at home on DVD.

MrsGrapevine said...

As corny as the bee-keepers sound, I think this will be a great movie. I can't wait to see it.

Chocl8t said...

THat little girl, Dakota Fanning, has to be the hardest working actress under age 20. WTH? She's everywhere!!

LOL @ Julia - what's even funnier is that YT seek us out to save their sorry butts!!

Wanda said...

That's some heavyweight material, both literally and figuratively

You know you are so wrong for that!

I can't even create a sentence for this movie. Magical Negro indeed, X4!

Regina said...

Hey There IW:
What is your take on the new Ice Cube movie due out in January, "First Sunday"?

Keli said...

LOL @ heavyweight material...

Don't know about this book, and don't think this cast is enough to make me want to see this movie either.

theblackactor.com said...

Hmmm. I dunno. I kinda cosign with Deveraux. I'm not really feelin' that tending-to-the-needs-of-white-folks thing. We'll see. I like some of the actors in the film.

Shelia said...

Sounds good! I haven't seen Ms. Okonedo since Hotel Rwanda, I really like her. Unless it has a horrid script, this could turn out to be a damn good movie.

Invisible Woman said...

I didn't know if y'all would get that "heavyweught" reference or not....just jokes folks--hope i didn't offend anyone. it seems like it's an even split on see/no see....I am still on the fence myself---"chick flicks" and "magical negro" movies are not at the top of my list!

Ebonne said...

Sounds like it will be a good one!

Invisible Woman said...

Let me know what you thought when you visit ebonne...

Invisible Woman said...

Btw, regina, if you look below at my post "Just Damn" I think you can easily figure out how I feel about "First Sunday".

Darkbrotha said...

sounds interesting. i'll check it out.