Beyonc» Cast in Movie Version of 'Dreamgirls'

Published: 2005-04-25
Many an observer have compared Beyonc» Knowles' situation with her band Destiny's Child to Diana Ross' predicament with The Supremes. In short, there's one stand-out singer flanked by two others who just don't carry the same "it" factor as their bandmate. Plus, both Ross and Knowles have a side interest in the timeless art of acting.

In a move that will probably take the comparisons one step further, it's been revealed that Beyonc» has been chosen to play the lead in a movie version of the 1980s Broadway musical Dreamgirls. The musical tells the story of '60s girl-group The Dreams, with backstabbing, drama, and old fashioned poptunes, "not" inspired by Diana Ross & The Supremes.

The movie version of Dreamgirls has been picked up by DreamWorks, with screenplay writer Bill Condon (Chicago, Gods and Monsters, Kinsey) doing the once-over on the script for the big screen. Condon is also playing the role of director, with Beyonc» Knowles playing the "Diana Ross" character of Deena. Who will portray the other two members of The Dreams is at this time unknown.

It's been reported that Jamie Foxx, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray, was offered the role of band manager Curtis, but was unable to sign on due to some crazy contract issues. Production for the movie version of Dreamgirsl, with all the original songs of the Broadway musical included, will begin this fall.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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I think its great shes in another movie I enjoyed the last movie she was in!!!!!!
Posted by: Anonymous on April 25, 2005
Thank goodness Beyonce was picked.

I am so happy for her...she is so talented.

I hope they cast Queen Latifah and Fantasia along with Beyonce.
Posted by: Anonymous on April 25, 2005
or kelly and michelle would be perfect for the other two instead of fantasia and queen latifah
Posted by: Anonymous on April 25, 2005
I think that is so so wonderful!!! Beyonce is perfect for that role, she has the beauty and talent to pull it off and this will ensure the production will be top notch now that she's signed.

Now if only they get the best girls signed for the other 2 parts. That's gonna be hard, every diva old and young is gonna think they're PERFECT for the part.
Posted by: Anonymous on April 26, 2005
i cant believe she was cast, this movie is going to go down hill. she is all wrong for the part, but at least she wasnt cast as effie, andto make a correction to what it says on this site,beyonce was not cast as the lead because deena is not the lead or the star of the movie,she is the second lead, the real star of this production is the character effie white,not deena. beyonce wasnt fat enough and doesnt have the voice to play effie, but she has the looks and the voice toplay deena but she is to heavey to play deena. ohwelll let this movie stink~!
Posted by: Anonymous on April 26, 2005
let's just hope she just sings the songs without all the riffs...if she does that then she will be able to pull it off. She has the look, but I am not sure about her acting skills. Anyone who knows the play knows the part of Deena is not an easy one. I wish her luck, and hope that it will be a good one.
Posted by: Anonymous on April 27, 2005
yall need to quit hating
Posted by: Anonymous on April 28, 2005
Posted by: Anonymous on April 29, 2005
I wish Beyonce well, I know that she will do well. I think Jennifer Hudson From American Idol would be a perfect Effie
Posted by: Anonymous on May 01, 2005
Shirley Murdock would be perfect as Effie! She's been in hit gospel plays for years, and her vocal style has influenced many of our top female singers today! It would be a perfect blend of old school and new school, not to mention it would inspire all age groups to come to the theatre!
Posted by: Anonymous on May 03, 2005
In the casting department for this movie,I heard that either Deborah Cox and Mary J. Blige would be in this one too along with Kelly Rowland and Tamara Gray.

Hollywood has been planning this for years and they wanted to do a version years ago back in the mid-1980's with a movie version of this too with either Whitney Houston or Irene Cara in the title role,but the production of the project never got off the ground. For those who have seen the musical "Dreamgirls" on Broadway....It made stars Jennifer Holliday and Shirl Lee Ralph Broadway legends. With the star power and vocal expose of Beyonce Knowles in the title role,loosely based on the Motown group of Diana Ross and the Supremes,"Dreamgirls" will be the major Christmas attraction for 2006 Holiday season.
Posted by: Anonymous on May 06, 2005
I'm secretly glad that Jamie won't be involved. I'd love to see Wayne Brady as Jimmy and Taye Diggs as Curtis. Maybe even Cuba Gooding as Jimmy (somewhere in that man is an actor waiting to get out)
Posted by: Anonymous on May 07, 2005
BEYONCE!. is the best 4 this film!>.. damn!.. just need great back ups!.. this film could be the next!...Ray!.. 4 sure!
Posted by: Anonymous on May 11, 2005
I agree, Shirley Murdock would make a great Effie and Beyonce is perfect for Deena!
Posted by: Anonymous on May 13, 2005
Fantasia as Effie hands down-
Posted by: Anonymous on July 22, 2005
I really like Destinys Child. Ive been doing musical theater all my life and I have to say that I hope Beyonce isnt focused upon too much in this movie. Shes beautiful..yes.. she can sing yes... but can she act?-- Lets be real folks. She bettr do her homework cause Deena aint a easy role to fill. It really upsets me that they are using her altogether actually. But I do think that Fantasia would be AWESOME as the lead role of Effie. "hope she can act though" its already apparent that Beyonce cant!
Posted by: Anonymous on August 14, 2005
There is no one more qualified for Effie than Jennifer Hudson!!!!!!!!! I think Fantasia is entertaining, but not a great singer....she has a really rough sound that isn't pleasant for me to hear...Jennifer Hudson is like chocolate with a soothing caramel center...check out her website and watch/listen to her sing and i am telling you and i am telling you she is the bomb!
Posted by: Anonymous on August 22, 2005
There are only a couple of known r&b singers that could actually meet the vocally demanding part of effie...frenchie davis(american idol), shanice(i love your smile), tarralyn ramsey(Born to Diva) or sasha allen(camp). Nobody else would be able to live up to the standard that jennifer holliday set in the 80s.
Posted by: Anonymous on September 06, 2005
Somebody tell why we are soooo willing to put our seasoned vet singers out to pasture? Many of them still look good and sound good and some of them have acting experience, too.
Shirley Murdock made a surprise guest appearance at a festival in N. Carolina and the crowd went nuts!!!..Her voice was still powerful and clear as a bell ! But most of all it is touched by God and it touched YOU!
Posted by: Anonymous on September 06, 2005
I agree wit Anonymous, hand down! If you haven't heard this girl Sasha Allen sing you are truly missing out. She would be prefit for any part but not effie. I got my heart set on Kelly Price. And can't you just hear Fantasia singing this "Ain't No Party".
Posted by: Anonymous on September 10, 2005
Tarralyn Ramsey has THE VOICE to play Effie.
Posted by: Anonymous on November 05, 2005
I think Beyonce should stick to singing, as far as her acting abilities are concerned I think she would need extensive acting lessons to meet the demand of this role. Take a good look at Madonna, she is the queen of music but she cant act for quids. All of her movies have flopped, so take it from me Beyonce, please just stick to singing!!
Posted by: Anonymous on January 11, 2006
Beyonce is the bomb and all ya that are hatin on her need to stop. cause i bet she look and sing better then all yall
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