Lee Daniels in Talks to Helm Billie Holiday Biopic, Andra Day Eyed to Star (Exclusive)

With his hip hop drama “Empire” already renewed for a fifth season, Lee Daniels is setting his sights on a real-world musical icon for his next feature film.Sources tell Variety that Daniels is in talks to direct the Billie Holiday biopic “Billie.” Sources also add that R&B singer Andra Day is the top choice for the title role and Lakeith Stanfield for the male role, though nothing is yet finalized for either thesp.Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum are producing, with Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks penning the script.

Mark Bomback had been developing this project with Roth and Kirschenbaum since its inception and is an executive producer on it.

He had helped guide the development process with Daniels and Parks.Holiday, also known as “Lady Day,” was a legendary jazz singer whose career spanned three decades before her passing in 1959.

Her iconic performing style has influenced and inspired

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