Mos Def and Union added to Chess set


Rapper-actor Mos Def will play legendary rock 'n' roller Chuck Berry in Sony BMG's "Cadillac Records," which is filming in New Jersey.

Also joining the cast is Gabrielle Union, who will play Geneva Wade, a girlfriend of Muddy Waters.

Written and directed by Darnell Martin ("Their Eyes Were Watching God"), the film is set in 1950s Chicago and follows the turbulent lives of Leonard Chess, who founded Chess Records, and the label's artists, including Waters, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf. Chess started the label with his younger brother, Phil, by traveling throughout the South selling records out of the trunk of their Cadillac.

The two join a cast that includes Adrien Brody as Chess, Jeffrey Wright as Waters and Beyonce Knowles as Etta James.

Sony BMG's Andrew Lack and Sofia Sondervan are producing. Knowles is an executive producer.

Mos Def's film credits include the comedy "Be Kind Rewind" and the crime thriller "16 Blocks." He was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe for his role in the HBO film "Something the Lord Made." His upcoming projects include "Keep Coming Back," helmed by William H. Macy, and "Next Day Air." He is represented by Paradigm and Garden Grown Entertainment.

Union's credits include ABC's "Ugly Betty" and the upcoming Eddie Murphy comedy "Meet Dave."

She is repped by UTA and manager Jeff Morrone.