By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Universal Pictures
One of the films Universal Pictures was ready to give a full preview of for their first 2006 preview was Idlewild starring André Benjamin, Antwan Andre Patton, Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, Patti LaBelle and Ving Rhames.
If the film doesn't do it for you maybe the new music from Outkast will.
Idlewild Movie Trailer, Stills, Poster
The story of the loves and ambitions of two struggling performers is told through intricate musical numbers and vibrantly choreographed dance sequences in "Idlewild," an original musical starring multi-platinum and multi-Grammy winning OutKast members André Benjamin (André 3000) and Antwan Andre Patton (Big Boi).
Set against the backdrop of a 1930s southern speakeasy, "Idlewild" explores the lives of Percival (Benjamin), the club's shy piano player, and Rooster (Patton), the club's showy lead performer and manager. "Idlewild" synthesizes drama, music, cinema and style to bring the tale of struggling singers to life. It is the feature film- directing debut for Bryan Barber, the award-winning director and longtime OutKast music video collaborator, and includes dance sequences choreographed by legendary performer and three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle.
Idlewild... or is that Outkast?
The all-star cast is a roster of some of the most notable performers in film and music today. Cast members include Ving Rhames ("Mission: Impossible"), Terrence Howard ("Hustle & Flow"), newcomer Paula Patton, Faizon Love ("Elf"), Malinda Williams ("Soul Food"), legendary recording artist Patti LaBelle ("On the One"), singer Macy Gray ("Training Day"), Tony Award winner Ben Vereen ("Why Do Fools Fall In Love") and Oscar® nominee and Emmy winner Cicely Tyson ("Fried Green Tomatoes").
Idlewild includes new songs from OutKast's forthcoming album, the soundtrack for the movie.
After watching the trailer for Idlewild it looks like Universal is placing quite a bit of emphasis on the music of Outkast; so let's hope their fans show up to the theatres.