Merkerson joins 'Black' list

S. Epatha Merkerson, fresh off her Emmy win for “Lackawanna Blues,” has joined the cast of Paramount Classics’ “Black Snake Moan.”

She joins Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake in the drama, directed by “Hustle & Flow” helmer Craig Brewer.

Pic is about a small-town girl (Ricci) and her relationship with a bluesman (Jackson).

“Hustle & Flow” producers John Singleton and Stephanie Allain produce; pic is slated for a 2006 release.

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