Singer Michelle Williams has been tapped to play Diana Ross in the upcoming BET biopic, American Soul, according to a report from Just Jared Jr. The series will be focused on the life and career of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and will showcase a young Diana Ross in the 1970s as she navigates her new-found fame and all the decisions that come with it, including whether or not to make an appearance on the legendary dance show.
The cast is made up of several other huge names in the entertainment industry, including Bobby Brown, who will play soul singer Rufus Thomas; Gabrielle Dennis, who will take on the role of Tina Turner; McKinley Freeman, who will be playing Ike Turner; and K. Michelle as Martha Reeves. Grammy Award-nominated singer Kelly Price, Jason Dirden, Christopher Jefferson, and Jelani Winston are also part of the cast, according to a report from Deadline.
The series was created by Devon Greggory and Jonathan Prince, who also penned the pilot and will be produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment.
While Williams has previously been seen a handful in minor television roles, including appearances on Half & Half and Raven's Home, this will mark the singer's biggest TV role to date. Williams has also starred in several Broadway and West End musical productions, including Aida, The Color Purple, and Chicago.
The biopic will serve as a mini Destiny's Child reunion as Williams's friend and former band member, Kelly Rowland, will also be a part of the television series. Rowland will be playing Gladys Knight in a multi-episode arc.
Williams confirmed her role with a tweet.