Hudson adds 'Sex' appeal for New Line


Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has joined the cast of New Line Cinema's "Sex and the City," which begins filming next week in New York.

Hudson will play Louise, the assistant to Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw in the film based on the hit HBO comedy series.

In July, the show's four leads — Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon — came aboard the film after New Line agreed to finance and distribute it. Chris Noth also will reprise his role as Mr. Big.

The movie revolves around the four main characters' lives in Manhattan four years after the series ended.

New Line president of production Toby Emmerich, Richard Brenner and Kathy Busby are overseeing the project. Parker and John Melfi are producing. Michael Patrick King is writing and directing.

Hudson, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for "Dreamgirls," recently completed production on Rowan Woods' ensemble drama "Winged Creatures," starring Kate Beckinsale, Forest Whitaker, Jackie Earle Haley and Dakota Fanning. Sony Pictures is distributing the film.

The former "American Idol" contestant also is in the studio working on her debut album for Arista Records, scheduled for release in the first quarter.

Hudson is represented by WMA, James Lassiter and Miguel Melendez at Overbrook Entertainment and attorney Bill Abrams of Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson.