Mary J. Blige has been cast to play Betty Shabazz in the upcoming film, Parallel Lives, a television film about Shabazz and Coretta Scott King, the widows of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., respectively:
“The R&B star, who makes her debut as a leading lady on the screen in the upcoming Rock of Ages, will play Betty Shabazz in Parallel Lives. She tells WENN, ‘It’s about the lives of Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz, the women in Malcolm X’s and Martin Luther King’s life (sic). I’m playing Betty and prepping for that now. I’ve been studying her online and watching her interviews.'”
Filming will start in September.