What better way for Beyonce to portray the famed Etta James than for Etta herself be her coach? Producers have informed Etta that she'll get the chance to consult with Beyonce, giving her pointers on both the acting and the singing.
When she got wind of the casting, this was something she was very concerned with, and wanted to be a part of. She says, "It's a privilege and an honor to have somebody like that girl. I don't think she looks like me, but that's all right.
They can fix that up. And appearance isn't all Beyoncé will have to work on. Oh my god, she's going to have a hill to climb, because Etta James ain't been no angel!" She's perhaps talking about her addiction to heroin for many years, or her rebellious stage in high school. Do you think Beyonce can pull it off?