For their upcoming roles, Mike Epps and Mo’Nique will help tell the story of blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO’s original film, Bessie starring Queen Latifah.
Charles S. Dutton and Mike Epps have come aboard the HBO film “Bessie,” a biopic of the legendary Bessie Smith. Queen Latifah stars as the iconic blues singer. The film, written and directed by Dee Rees, chronicles how Smith overcame her tempestuous personal life to become one of the most acclaimed performing and recording artists of the 1920s and ’30s, earning the nickname Empress of the Blues. Dutton will play William “Pa” Rainey, husband and partner to Ma Rainey (Mo’Nique). Epps plays Richard Morgan, bootlegger and romantic interest to Bessie Smith.