Queen Latifah to Star in Bessie Smith Biopic

Honoree Queen Latifah (C) speaks during the 2014 Matrix Awards at The Waldorf Astoria on April 28, 2014 in New York City. Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

And your latest semi-tragic musician biopic comes courtesy of HBO, which is developing a movie about '20s and '30s blues singer Bessie Smith — a.k.a. the “Empress of Blues” — starring none other than Queen Latifah. Set your EGOT watches to “Emmy.” (And also maybe second Grammy, if she's singing?)