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Dillon Plays Chess

Published October 15, 2007 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Hollywood Reporter.
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Matt Dillon has got the blues and its not the kind that ends up getting you on anti-depressants. The actor is currently in negotiations to play the lead character in a biopic on Leonard Chess.

Dillon for Cadillac Records


Dillon is working with Sony to take the role of Leonard Chess, the legendary founder of the South Side Chicago blues label Chess Records.

As you may have guessed, the film will be called Cadillac Records.

Darnell Martin is directing off a script he wrote.

The period piece follows the rise and fall of Chess Records, which launched the careers of such R&B greats as Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Chess, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, scoured the South, checking out the various blues scenes and selling records from the back of his Cadillac.



Production on Cadillac Records, is set to begin this January in New Jersey and Chicago.

Dillon has a few projects coming our way including Nothing but the Truth and Old Dogs.

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