R&B singer Faith Evans was tapped for the lead role in an upcoming biopic by Spirit of Life Films titled âBLONDIEâ â THE FLORENCE BALLARD STORY. Evans will embody the spirit of the Supremesâ original lead singer, Florence Ballard, tell the true story, which has been diluted and muted for years. Based off the book âThe Lost Supremeâ by Peter Benjaminson, the screenplay for the biopic entitle âBlondieâ was written by Karen Spencer and Roy Fegan who will also be producing the film along with Glenn S.O.N Faide. âNot only is this about re-birthing Florence Ballardâs legacy and giving her the accolades that she has deserved for 34 years, it also offers her children an opportunity to know their mother better and celebrate her lifeâ, says Karen Spencer, Partner at Spirit of Life Films. A Detroit native, Florence Ballard paved the way for female entertainers but she has yet to be accurately portrayed. The biopic will reveal shocking details of Florenceâs life from her moments of joy and success to her devastating betrayal and the actual cause of her premature death at the young age of 32. Ballardâs three daughters, who lost their mother as young children, gave preference in having singer Faith Evans portray their mother. Like Ms. Ballard, Faith Evans has had similar life success and challenges. In preparation for the role, Evans has spent valuable time with Ballardâs family and studying her music and history. âBlondieâ will be directed by Bille Woodruff (Bring It On, Beauty Shop, Honey) and is set to release Summer 2011. The film will be accompanied by an all star soundtrack featuring various artists including Lauryn Hill, Kelly Price and Faith Evans. Faith Evans recently released her sixth studio album, âSomething About Faith,â after taking a five year hiatus from music. The album, led by the single âGone Already,â debuted at #1 on Billboardâs Independent Album Chart. âThis marks my 15-year anniversary as an artist and Iâm honored to know that thereâs still appreciation and love for what it is that I contribute to music. My faithful fans patiently waited five years for more material, and the reception has been nothing short of wonderful,â Evans says about her triumphant return.
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