Janelle Monáe lands next movie role in musical

Janelle Monáe has landed her next movie role in an upcoming musical (via The Hollywood Reporter).

The currently untitled project from Michel Gondry and Pharrell Williams will be a coming-of-age movie, set in Virginia Beach during the summer of 1977. It was inspired by the neighbourhood where Williams grew up.

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Monáe will join an already impressive cast, including Elvis actor Kelvin Harrison Jr, The Little Mermaid's Halle Bailey, The Holdovers star and Oscar winner Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse actor Brian Tyree Henry and Missy Elliott.

The movie will be written by Toy Story 4 writer Martin Hynes and Tick, Tick... Boom! executive producer Steven Levenson. Mimi Valdés and Gil Netter will produce the movie alongside Williams.

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Monáe has recently starred in slavery horror movie Antebellum, Prime Video series Homecoming, and sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Her vocal talents make her a great fit for her upcoming musical role, and her fourth studio album (The Age of Pleasure) has been nominated for album of the year at this year's Grammys.

Meanwhile, the third instalment of the Knives Out series has been confirmed. The as-yet-untitled movie will be written and directed once again by Rian Johnson.

Daniel Craig (who plays lead detective Benoit Blanc) will return to his role, trying to uncover the latest mystery he is faced with. No other cast members have been announced yet for Knives Out 3.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is available to stream on Netflix. Knives Out is available now on 4K Ultra-HD, Blu-ray and DVD, as well as on Prime Video, iTunes and other digital platforms.

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