Jazmine Sullivan

Grammy nominated Sullivan will be playing the part of a jazz singer in the film, “Red Tails,” directed by Anthony Hemingway. In the film, Sullivan will play Deborah ‘Love Bunny’ Gannett, who performs for the pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen. As always, a little romance might be involved to spice up the story. In an interview, Sullivan talked of a relationship that forms between her character and one of the Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first African-American soldiers to fly, in combat squadron, during World War II.

Sullivan discussed her lack of experience in acting as a possible obstacle for her role in the film. “I had never acted other than school plays when I was a kid,” Sullivan said. And this movie is far from an amateur production. This historical drama boasts of a Hollywood star-studded cast as well. Actors including Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Bryan Cranston will also be in the film. But Sullivan isn’t fazed, “The cast really welcomed me and helped me a lot, you know, with that new experience.”

Interestingly enough, Sullivan won’t be going through this “new experience” alone as the only R&B singer in the cast: Ne-Yo was cast as well and will be playing Andrew ‘Smoky’ Salem, one of the pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen. Even with his fourth album set to hit stores in November 2010, Ne-Yo is ready to work in the studio and on the production set. Sullivan said, “Ne-Yo was doing like a full day shooting the movie and then going to the studio later on at night.” This work ethic led to new concepts that Sullivan and Ne-Yo have been working on. Sullivan now features Ne-Yo in a song, “U Get On MY Nerves” that will be on her new album “Love Me Back.”

Film production started in April of this year in Prague, Czech Republic. A theater release date for the movie is not known yet, but Sullivan is hopeful that it will be in 2011.

Written by Catherine

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