Back in 2007, singer Alicia Keys was attached to star as Lena Horne, in the legendary entertainer’s biopic. That project must have a manual transmission because it has been stalled in first gear or rather the first stage ever since then.
Rumored has it that Janet Jackson was originally going play the entertainer, but Horne, who was involved in the casting process, removed Jackson from the project following her 2004 Super Bowl controversy, in where she exposed her breast. Since then, Oprah Winfrey has taking over the biopic as the producer and has added Keys to replace Jackson.
“Lena the woman, the human being – that is the most fascinating to me: her vulnerabilities, her life, her flow through the many difficult times (and good ones) and her ability to remain graceful, elegant and beautiful always,” Keys said of Horne back in 2007.
Horne died in May 2010, at the age of 92, and won’t get a chance to see her life story on the big screen but according to Keys, the film “will still come together.” In a recent radio interview, the singer elaborates a little more on her anticipation of the film.
Keys acting history includes her making several television guest appearances and starring in films Smokin’ Aces, The Nanny Diaries and The Secret Life of Bees, but was she “born” to play Lena Horne as she claims below?
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