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R & B singer Faith Evans has been tapped to play Florence Ballard in the biopic ‘Blondie — The Florence Ballard Story’ from Spirit of Life Films.

Directing the movie is Bille Woodruff, from a script written by Karen Spencer and Roy Fegan, who will also serve as co-producers with Glenn S.O.N Faide.

A Detroit native, Ballard was the Supremes‘ original lead singer. She paved the way for female entertainers, but she has yet to be accurately portrayed. The biopic will reveal shocking details of Ballard’s life, from her moments of joy and success to her premature death at the age of 32.

“Not only is this about rebirthing Florence Ballard’s legacy and giving her the accolades that she has deserved for 34 years, it also offers her children an opportunity to know their mother better and celebrate her life,” says Karen Spencer, a partner at Spirit of Life Films.

Ballard’s three daughters were excited to have Evans portray their mother.

Like Ballard, Evans has had her share of success and challenges. In preparation for the role, Evans has spent valuable time with Ballard’s family and studying her music and history.

The film, which has been adapted from the book ‘The Lost Supreme‘ by Peter Benjaminson, is set to released next summer. It will be accompanied by an all-star soundtrack featuring Lauryn Hill, Kelly Price and Faith Evans

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