[posted with ecto]
Well, this would be a welcomed development.
Jennifer Hudson may have found her next acting gig, playing the daughter of fellow Oscar winner Forest Whitaker in "Winged Creatures." Robert Salerno is producing the pic through his Unruly Films banner.
While Hudson's reps maintained earlier this week that her participation in the film was tenuous due to the fact that she is recording her first album -- which Arista Records will release in the fall -- all parties acknowledged Wednesday that they were trying to make time for her to join the cast.
Count me among the pleasantly surprised. I have been a big fan of Jennifer's since American Idol. I think she was born to play the role of Effie. I have been more than a little concerned, however, about where she goes from here for many reasons:
- The role of Effie is so defined by the singing and the voice. To establish herself as an actress she will need to find a dramatic role without relying on her singing voice.
- The number of significant roles for young Black women in Hollywood are few and far between.
- The number of significant roles for young curvy Black are even fewer.
Add to all that the fact that Hollywood likes to put people boxes. It will be a challenge for her to break out of the feisty big momma type cast. There is hope, however, when we consider the fact that for the first time we have a decent number of bankable Black male actors in Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Jamie Fox, Terrence Howard and Forrest Whitakker. If more movies are made around these men then there are more opportunities for people like Jennifer. So, I am hopeful. It is interesting and good that it is Jennifer who is in serious consideration and not someone like, say, Beyonce, who would have been the more obvious choice sans DreamGirls. I'll do one of my Star Analysis on Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce this week.