Mos Def, Gabrielle Union join cast

Mos Def and Gabrielle Union are joining the cast of writer-director Darnell Martin’s “Cadillac Records,” lensing in New Jersey.

Def plays Chuck Berry and Union portrays Geneva Wade, girlfriend (then wife) of Muddy Waters. Previously announced cast includes Adrien Brody, Beyonce Knowles and Jeffrey Wright.

Rock ‘n’ roll pic charts sex, violence and the civil rights movement along with the music biz in 1950s Chicago. Sony BMG Films anticipates a 2009 release.

Def’s upcoming projects include “Keep Coming Back” and “Next Day Air”; Union, who recurs on “Ugly Betty,” stars with Eddie Murphy in “Meet Dave,” set for release in July via Fox.

Martin’s credits include “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and “I Like It Like That.”

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