Grammy Award winning rapper, singer, and actor turned TV presenter Queen Latifah is set to star as Bessie Smith in a new biopic for HBO. She will also be serving as a producer for the one-off movie special. Bessie Smith is an iconic Blues Jazz singer who reigned during the 1920s and 1930s. She along with Louis Smith greatly influenced the Jazz musicians that came after them. The biopic will show Smith’s rise to fame including her personal life, and is based off the biography titled Bessie written by Chris Albertson. Screenwriter Dee Rees will write and direct the film. So far, no date has been set for the film to be broadcast.