Rapper-turned-actress and Tv personality Queen Latifah is reportedly set to portray blues star Bessie Smith in a new Tv movie.

The star is developing Blue Goose Hollow, which is slated to begin production in Atlanta, Georgia, this summer (Jun14), according to Indiewire.com.

Pariah's Dee Rees is writing and directing the biopic and Latifah will also serve as a producer on the project.

Smith died in a car crash in 1937.