Chess Records Biopic on the Way
Published Dec 30, 2009While the abysmal Cadillac Records loosely attempted to tell the story earlier this year, March will see the release of a true biopic about legendary blues imprint Chess Records. The film, called Who Do You Love, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, and will get a wide release this spring.
Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, the film tells the story of Leonard Chess's immigration to America from Poland, and his obsession with the new blues sound of the '40s. Tracing his career from is first night club through the record label at its peak, the film also portrays the strain it took on Chess's family life. As for stars, it features Alessandro Nivola, Jon Abrahams, David Oyelowo, Chi McBride, Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke and Marika Dominczyk, as well as musicians Robert Randolph (as Bo Diddley), Keb' Mo', Raheem DeVaughn and Ryan Shaw.
Boasting an impressive soundtrack featuring Chess acts like Muddy Watters, Bo Diddley and Etta James, the film earned an endorsement from Leonard Chess's son, Marshall. "Who Do You Love is a great snapshot of the era in which the music that was to become the foundation of Rock & Roll was created," he said in a statement. "The music, the cars, the clothes, and the many amazing characters of my childhood are brought to life in this film, which also gives a taste of the many roads travelled by my family to make Chess Records one of the greatest record labels of all time."
A release date for the film has not been set, but it is expected in theatres this March.
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