Taraji P. Henson, Cedric The Entertainer, and Mike Epps are joining previously announced stars Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the cast of Kasi Lemmons' upcoming film Talk to Me. The film's screenplay is by Michael Genet with revisions by Rick Famuyiwa and Ms. Lemmons. Filming began this week for a theatrical release in 2007.

Talk to Me is the powerful real-life story of Ralph Waldo "Petey" Green (Mr. Cheadle), an outspoken ex-con who talked his way into becoming an iconic radio personality in the 1960s, in Washington, D.C. Sparked by both the era's vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness, Petey openly courted controversy at a white-owned station. Relying on his producer Dewey Hughes (Mr. Ejiofor) to run interference, Petey's unprecedented "tell it like it is" on-air style gave voice and spirit to the black community during an exciting and turbulent period in American history.

Mr. Lyons said, "We're so pleased to be working with Taraji and Mike again, and it's great to have Cedric on board, as he will spark the other men in the cast. This is a gifted ensemble that, under Kasi's direction, will do justice to Petey's story."

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