In addition to playing legendary singer Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic, Blige is slated to play Malcolm X‘s wife in the TV movie Parallel Lives.
“It’s about the lives of Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz, the women in Malcolm X’s and Martin Luther King’s life [sic],” she told WENN. “I’m playing Betty and prepping for that now. I’ve been studying her online and watching her interview.”
Production for Parallel Lives begins in September but there is no word on who will play Coretta.
Blige can be seen in Rock of Ages hitting theaters June 15.