Chicago blues is about to get the Hollywood treatment... big time. “Cadillac Records,” written and directed by Darnell Martin, opens on December 5.
It features Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters... Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon... Eamonn Walker as Howlin’ Wolf... and Columbus Short (from “Stomp the Yard”) as Little Walter.
But judging from the trailer below, “Cadillac Records” will focus on Beyoncé Knowles as R&B legend Etta James and Adrien Brody as record executive Leonard Chess. And then there’s Mos Def as Chuck Berry.
(Stop! You had me at Jeffrey Wright.)
Now, is it common knowledge that Etta James claims to be the illegitimate daughter of pool hustler Minnesota Fats? Seriously... she does. (Compare the photos above.)
And since Beyoncé is shooting pool in this trailer, maybe the movie will deal with that. Because I never knew.