Following the success of his television series Empire and Star, Lee Daniels is now extending his collection of music-themed projects as he gears up to direct the Billie Holiday biopic, entitled Billie. According to sources, Daniels is in talks with singer, Andra Day to star as Billie Holiday in the film and Sorry To Bother You’s Lakeith Stanfield to star as the male role.

It is a well known fact that throughout Holiday’s career, from the early 1930s up until her death in 1959, there were a lot of men in her stratosphere.  Her romantic life ranged from her partners, managers, and other prominent people in the industry. If this project mirrors the 1972 biopic, Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross as Holiday, it’s likely that Stanfield will play Louis McKay, Holiday’s late-in-life husband.

The film will feature a script by Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks who is the scribe behind Father Comes Home From the Wars.  Parks won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2002 for her 2001 play Topdog/Underdog, and became the first African American woman to achieve this honor for drama.

A studio for the film has yet to be determined; however, if all things line up, principal production should begin later this year.

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