Mike Epps speaks onstage at the 2014 AOL NewFronts at Duggal Greenhouse on April 29, 2014 in New York, New York

Mike Epps speaks onstage at the 2014 AOL NewFronts at Duggal Greenhouse on April 29, 2014 in New York, New York

*Charles S. Dutton and Mike Epps have come aboard the HBO film “Bessie,” a biopic of the legendary Bessie Smith.

Queen Latifah stars as the iconic blues singer. The film, written and directed by Dee Rees, chronicles how Smith overcame her tempestuous personal life to become one of the most acclaimed performing and recording artists of the 1920s and ’30s, earning the nickname Empress of the Blues.

Actor/director Charles Dutton speaks at The Fortune Society 2013 Fall Benefit at Tribeca Rooftop on October 2, 2013 in New York City

Actor/director Charles Dutton speaks at The Fortune Society 2013 Fall Benefit at Tribeca Rooftop on October 2, 2013 in New York City

Dutton will play William “Pa” Rainey, husband and partner to Ma Rainey (Mo’Nique). Epps plays Richard Morgan, bootlegger and romantic interest to Bessie Smith.

'The Haves and the Have Nots' actress Tika Sumpter out and about in Los Angeles, California on March 28, 2014

‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ actress Tika Sumpter out and about in Los Angeles, California on March 28, 2014

Also in the film is Tika Sumpter, who plays Lucille, a chorus girl in Bessie’s troupe.

Epps is currently shooting the LeBron James-produced Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse,” just wrapped the Universal feature “Term Life” and is on a national Live Nation tour with his stand up show Mike Epps: After Dark.

Sumpter currently stars on Tyler Perry’s OWN original series “The Haves and the Have Nots.”