Singing legend Gladys Knight, gospel performance winner Marvin Winans and “CSI: Miami” star Adam Rodriguez have joined Tyler Perry’s new feature “I Can Do Bad All by Myself” for Lionsgate says The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on the first of Perry’s plays to feature his Madea character, the story line follows what happens when Perry’s iconic Madea character discovers a 16-year-old girl (Hope Olaide Wilson) and her brothers looting her home and sends them to live with their Aunt April (Taraji P. Henson), a hard-drinking nightclub singer.
Knight will play Wilma, a kind of matriarch of the neighborhood and singer at Marshall Baptist Church, where Madea (Perry) also circulates.
Knight, Winans and multi-Grammy winning Mary J. Blige all will sing in the film, with Blige performing an original song penned by Ne-Yo.
Brian White, Kwesi Nii-Lante Boakye and Frederick Siglar also star. Filming is under way at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta for a September 11th release.