Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright will star in the biopic “Cadillac Records” for Sony BMG Film reports the trades.
Brody will play Leonard Chess, the 50’s Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who started the Chicago blues label Chess Records and scoured the South, checking out the blues scenes and selling records from the back of his Cadillac. Matt Dillon had been attached to play Chess but had to pass on the role because of a scheduling conflict.
Wright is set to play Muddy Waters. Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Tammy Blanchard also star in the film which also includes several other musicians for characters like Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and Elvis Presley.
Darnell Martin (“Their Eyes Were Watching God”) penned the script and will direct. Filming starts in early March in New Jersey and Mississippi.