Mary J. Blige has joined the cast of Dee Rees’ Mudbound alongside Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedland and Carey Mulligan, according to Deadline. The project starts filming soon in New Orleans and follows two men returning home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi. Once there, they struggle to deal with racism and adjust to postwar life. Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros and Carl Effenson are producing the film.
Blige made her acting debut in 1998, on the sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show playing a character, the apparently southern Ola Mae; a preacher’s daughter who wanted to sing more than gospel music. In 2001, Blige starred opposite rapper Q-Tip in the independent film Prison Song. That same year, Blige made a cameo on the Lifetime network series, Strong Medicine. In 2004, Blige starred in an Off-Broadway play, The Exonerated. In 2007, she guest-starred on Ghost Whisperer and later that year, she was a guest star on Entourage, in the role of herself, as a client of Ari Gold’s agency. She was also a guest star on America’s Next Top Model. Other 2009, Mary made a guest appearance on 30 Rock. Blige also had a supporting role in Tyler Perry’s movie I Can Do Bad All by Myself, which was released in September 2009.
Blige starred alongside Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, and Alec Baldwin in the film adaptation of the 1980s jukebox hit musical Rock of Ages. Blige starred in the Lifetime movie Betty and Coretta. In December 2015, she portrayed Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West in NBC’s The Wiz Live!