Chess club: Brody, Wright fuel 'Cadillac'


Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright will star in the Darnell Martin-directed biopic "Cadillac Records" for Sony BMG Film.

Brody will play Leonard Chess, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who started the Chicago blues label Chess Records and scoured the South, checking out the blues scenes and selling records from the back of his Cadillac.

Matt Dillon had been attached to play Chess but had to pass on the role because of a scheduling conflict.

Wright is set to play Muddy Waters in the period piece. Also newly cast in the film are Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Tammy Blanchard.

Martin ("Their Eyes Were Watching God") penned the script for the film, a tale of sex, violence, race and rock 'n' roll in 1950s Chicago that follows the turbulent lives of musical legends Waters, Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf and Elvis Presley. Filming starts in early March in New Jersey and Mississippi.

Andrew Lack and Sofia Sondervan are producing for the 3-year-old Sony BMG specialty label, which develops, finances and produces music-related theatrical films, including last year's "Feel the Noise."

"We are absolutely thrilled to be working with this incredibly talented cast to tell a piece of American history that is so important to what music is today," Sondervan said.

Brody, Wright, Short and Cedric the Entertainer are repped by CAA.

Wright is filming the 22nd Bond film in London, while Brody recently wrapped the indie film "The Brothers Bloom."

Cedric the Entertainment co-stars in the upcoming comedy "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins," which opens Feb. 8. He also is represented by attorney Nina Shaw.

Short is filming the thriller "Armored" with Dillon and recently wrapped the horror film "Quarantined." Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney Craig Emanuel of Loeb & Loeb also rep Short.

Chriqui is represented by Endeavor. Her credits include "Entourage" and the indie film "Tortured."

ICM reps Blanchard. She recently finished production on the independent romance comedy "The Ramen Girl."