Singer Mary J. Blige has reportedly been taking acting classes in preparation for her starring role in the Nina Simone biopic “Nina.” According to Mary, the film is set to start shooting later this month and will co-star Canadian actor David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland).
After making her last film major appearance in Tyler Perry’s 2009 drama “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” Mary said she wanted to delve more into movies and has done that by landing not only the lead role in “Nina,” but a supporting role in the upcoming big screen adaptation of the Broadway play “Rock of Ages.”
Speaking to NY Mag about her role as Justice, a tough talking bartender, Mary gushed about her relationship with the cast, including leading man Tom Cruise. “I love Tom,” she said. “He just really wants the best for everybody. He just wants you to win, and you’ve got to love a person like that. And they also just closed the deal with Russell Brand. It’s a fun movie!”
Both “Rock of Ages” and “Nina” are set for release in 2012.