Lee Daniels’ Billie Holiday biopic prepping to film in New Orleans

 
 
 

Lady Day is coming to the Crescent City. "Billie," filmmaker Lee Daniels' planned biopic on the enormously influential work -- and enormously tragic life -- of jazz singer Billie Holiday, will shoot in New Orleans beginning in late January, according to the city film office.

Principal photography is expected to last 35 days and cost an estimated $22 million.

Details about the production are being kept under wraps, although a Hollywood Reporter story published in October said singer Andra Day -- who counts Holiday as an early influence -- was in talks to star alongside actor Lakeith Stanfield ("Get Out," "Atlanta").

Holiday was the New York-based singing star whose unique, silky vocals had a seismic impact on jazz of the 1930s and 1940s. In 1947, she appeared alongside jazz icon Louis Armstrong as a supporting player in the big-screen musical-romance "New Orleans," a film remembered more for its stellar soundtrack than for its pedestrian plot.

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