Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Cast Almost Set for "Secret Life of Bees"

Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah and Sophie Okonedo have signed on to Fox Searchlight's "The Secret Life of Bees," based on the bestselling Sue Monk Kidd novel. Dakota Fanning is in negotiations to star as is Alicia Keys. The film will be directed by "Love & Basketball" director Gina Prince-Bythewood from a screenplay she wrote.
Set in South Carolina in 1964, story centers on Lily Owens (Fanning), who escapes her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father by running away with her caregiver and only friend (Hudson) to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Latifah, Okonedo and Keys would play the three sisters.
Shooting is scheduled to begin Jan. 9 in North Carolina, and the picture will be released by Fox Searchlight in 2008.

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