Idlewild

Release date: August 25, 2006
Universal Pictures
Genre: Musical

Cast: André Benjamin, Antwan A. Patton, Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, Patti LaBelle and Ving Rhames

Directed by: Bryan Barber
Writen by: Bryan Barber
Produced by: Charles Roven, Robert Guralnick
Executive Producers: William Green, Robin O'Hara, Scott Macaulay

The story of the loves and ambitions of two struggling performers is told through intricate musical numbers and vibrantly choreographed dance sequences in Idlewild, an original musical starring multi-platinum and multi-Grammy winning OutKast members André Benjamin (André 3000) and Antwan A. Patton (Big Boi).

Set against the backdrop of a 1930s southern speakeasy, Idlewild explores the lives of Percival (Benjamin), the club's shy piano player, and Rooster (Patton), the club's showy lead performer and manager. Idlewild synthesizes drama, music, cinema and style to bring the tale of struggling singers to life. It is the feature film-directing debut for Bryan Barber, the award-winning director and longtime OutKast music video collaborator, and includes dance sequences choreographed by legendary performer and three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle.

The all-star cast is a roster of some of the most notable performers in film and music today. Cast members include Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible), Terrence Dashon Howard (Hustle & Flow), newcomer Paula Patton, Faizon Love (Elf), Malinda Williams (Soul Food), legendary recording artist Patti LaBelle (On the One), singer Macy Gray (Training Day), Tony Award winner Ben Vereen (Why Do Fools Fall In Love) and Oscar® nominee and Emmy winner Cicely Tyson (Fried Green Tomatoes).

Idlewild includes new songs from OutKast's upcoming album, the soundtrack for the movie.

Photos: (top) Shy piano player Percival (ANDRÉ BENJAMIN) comes out of his shell in "Idlewild," a musical set in a 1930s southern speakeasy and starring multi-platinum and multi-Grammy winning OutKast. "Idlewild" will be released in theaters on March 10, 2006.

(L to R) Shy piano player Percival (ANDRÉ BENJAMIN) and showy lead performer and club manager Rooster (ANTWAN A. PATTON) in "Idlewild," a musical set in a 1930s southern speakeasy and starring multi-platinum and multi-Grammy winning OutKast.

Credit: Doug Hyun
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