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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

 

Dreamgirls: Fantasia to play Effie?

An impressive audition reel seems to made American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino the leading contender to play Effie in the new movie version of the musical Dreamgirls, which begins shooting in January. Casting hasn't been formally announced for the role (which made a star out of Jennifer Holliday on Broadway in 1982), but it is as meaty a part as they come. Sure, Fantasia's got a great voice...but does she have any acting chops? It's very tough, musically AND dramatically. (And sadly, I guess my first choice for the role is too old.)

Better news is that recent Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change) has snagged the role of Lorrell. Rose is a star waiting to happen, and playing opposite Jamie Foxx and Beyonce, she may not have to wait much longer.

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