Martin takes driver's seat for 'Cadillac'


Darnell Martin is set to helm "Cadillac Records," which is being produced by Sofia Sondervan and Andrew Lack for Sony BMG Film. It will begin production this year in Chicago.

The film, which Martin ("Their Eyes Were Watching God") also wrote, follows the lifestyles of some of America's most prolific musical icons in 1950s Chicago, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf and Elvis Presley.

Casting is under way, and Sony BMG anticipates landing some of its artists in the film's lead roles.

"We are thrilled to be working with Darnell Martin," said Sondervan, senior vp feature films at BMG. "Her unique vision and sensitivity towards the subject matter have made her the perfect writer and director for this project."