Monday, March 31, 2008

Mos Def To Portray Chuck Berry In Cadillac Records

I mentioned it in a post several weeks ago that Beyonce Knowles would be portraying Etta James in the upcoming film entitled "Cadillac Records". Now it has been announced that rapper Mos Def will play Chuck Berry in the film. Mos Def is no stranger to acting, having won critical acclaim as Vivien Thomas in "Something The Lord Made". He also sang and performed in HBO's "Lackawanna Blues". I for one think that he will probably do an excellent job as Berry, if his previous acting endeavors are any indication.

Rounding out the cast is Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters and Gabrielle Union as Muddy Water's girlfriend and later his wife. Adrien Brody will portray Leonard Chess, Eamonn Walker as Howlin Wolf, Cedric The Entertainer as Willie Cox, and Columbus Short as Little Walter. I love the musical biographical genre and I am really hoping that this cast can do the justice to the material. Please enjoy this clip of Chuck Berry performing Johnny B. Goode.

41 comments:

PopArtDiva said...

I didn't even know they were doing this movie! I'm looking forward to seeing it so thanks for the post! Loved the Chuck Berry vid too!

BTW, Thanks for stopping by my Pop Culture Blog!

pjazzypar said...

popartdiva,

I am waiting for this movie as well. biographies really excite me. I am glad I visited your blog. I love the way it is set up and the vintage feel.

Malcolm said...

Mos Def looks to be a good choice to play Chuck Berry. I looked up Mos Def on Wikipedia and found that he played the oldest son of Nell Carter and Roger E. Mosley on the short-lived sitcom "You Take the Kids". I remember when this show was on, but it was gone before I got around to watching it.

Back to Chuck Berry...I wish that some movie studio would go ahead and make a biopic solely on him. He definitely has lived a life that warrants a big screen movie.

Btw, great Chuck Berry clip selection. I was air guitaring all the way through it. You know how I love those dance/music shows of the 1960s!

pjazzypar said...

Hey Malcolm,

"You Take the Kids" didn't last a month. It seems that during the early nineties African American shows had a hard time making it (Thea, Where I Live, Under One Roof). Sure "Martin" and "In Living Single" were successful, but those shows were not the norm.

Anyhow, I digress, Mos Def will make a good Chuck Berry I think. As I mentioned in the post, he did perform the Louis Jordan classic "Caldonia" in "Lackawanna Blues". You really got to check that movie out because I am positive you will enjoy the storyline and the superb casting.

PopArtDiva said...

Malcolm - I remember "You Take The Kids"! Mos Def, huh? Whaddya know!

PopArtDiva

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