LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Matt Dillon has the
The Oscar-nominated "Crash" star is in final negotiations
to play Leonard Chess, the legendary co-founder of the Chicago
blues label Chess Records, in "Cadillac Records."
Writer/director Darnell Martin ("Their Eyes Were Watching
God") is shooting the project for Sony BMG Film, the studio
behind the current Jennifer Lopez-produced release "Feel the
"Cadillac Records" follows the rise and fall of Chess
Records, which launched the careers of such greats as Muddy
Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Chess, who co-founded the
label with his brother Phil, was posthumously inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Filming is set to begin in January in New Jersey and
Dillon's other upcoming projects include "Nothing but the
Truth," with Kate Beckinsale, Vera Farmiga and Angela Bassett,
and "Old Dogs," with Robin Williams and John Travolta.