Rapper/actor Mos Def will play legendary rock n’ roller Chuck Berry in Sony BMG’s “Cadillac Records” reports the trades.
Written and directed by Darnell Martin (“Their Eyes Were Watching God”), the film is set in 1950s Chicago and follows the turbulent but exciting lives of Leonard Chess, who founded Chess Records, and the label’s artists, including Waters, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf.
Chess started the label with his younger brother, Phil, started the record company by traveling the south selling records out of the trunk of their Cadillac.
Adrien Brody (Chess), Jeffrey Wright (Waters), and Beyonce Knowles (Etta James) have already been cast. Gabrielle Union recently joined as Waters girlfriend Geneva Wade.
Shooting is currently underway in New Jersey.