Singer Jennifer Hudson continuing to build her acting career as she is set to star in Hairspray Live. She is going to play Motormouth Maybelle-who was previously played by rapper Queen Latifah in the movie version. The movie is set to premiere on NBC and seen the most success with The Wiz Live.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is going to be based off the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical version. The movie takes place in 1962 Baltimore. Teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program, so when she wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store. Tracy’s mother is the indomitable Edna Turnblad, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white “Corny Collins Show.”
In addition to Hudson playing in the live movie, Harvey Fierstein will play Edna Turnblad-in which he played in the Broadway version. The movie was filmed in Los Angeles. The film will premiere on Wednesday, December 07 at 8 pm.
Here is a statement from NBC about the movie:
“We are beyond thrilled with this incredibly talented duo of stars for ‘Hairspray Live!, Harvey Fierstein created the role of Edna Turnblad on Broadway in an indelible Tony-winning performance that demanded to be memorialized on film, and we’re happy he wanted to step into her shoes one last, unforgettable time. We’re also so grateful that the incomparable Jennifer Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle and we know her rendition of ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’ will literally stop the show.”
Currently, she recently decided to step away from The Color Purple on Broadway and also in the process of working on new music.
Congratulations to her!