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.