Brody will play famed blues/R&B record exec Leonard Chess, and Wright will be Muddy Waters. Joining them in the cast are Columbus Short, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Cedric the Entertainer and Tammy Blanchard.
Andrew Lack and Sofia Sondervan are producing for Sony BMG Film.
Writer-director Darnell Martin’s film explores Chicago in the 1950s, charting the colorful lives of American musical legends like Waters, Chess, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and Elvis Presley. It will lense in New Jersey and Mississippi.
Established in 2005, Sony BMG Film develops, finances and produces music-related theatrical films. Recent titles include “Feel the Noise,” a co-production with Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Films; Asger Leth’s “The Ghosts of Cite Soleil,” featuring Wyclef Jean; and Julien Temple’s “Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten.”