Beyoncé was born and bred to be a star. She’s managed to emerge from being one-fourth (and, later, one-third) of Destiny’s Child to be a household name (the “Knowles” isn’t even necessary). It’s not just because of her music, though: Beyoncé has crossed over into films, and since her turn as Foxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers 3, her movies have come to utilize both her musical and acting talents. Her new role is no exception, as she’s signed on to star in the biopic as Eartha Kitt, the legendary vocalist.
Having recently played the Diana Ross-based character in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls, it seems Beyoncé’s singing skills are just as (if not more) important when it comes to her casting (see: Carmen: A Hip-Hopera, The Fighting Temptations and the upcoming Cadillac Records, in which she plays Etta James).
Of course, she’s not the only R&B singer who could handle these juicy roles — I’m sure she’s edged out many other well-known, up-and-coming women of color. In fact, Beyoncé’s voice seems almost too Beyoncé to be anyone else, so it might actually take away from her playing other women with signature vocals. That aside, I can see her doing her best to take over some other women’s roles in the future, such as Tina Turner, Gladys Knight or Martha Reeves.
Who do you think Beyoncé could play in the future? Will she ever do something completely different and keep us on our toes?