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Driver flies towards Blackbird

Minnie Driver is set to star in romantic drama Blackbird.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is already signed on to play up-and-coming singer Noni in the film, which has been written and will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, reported The Wrap.

The Oscar-nominated English actress will play her mother and manager, while Nate Parker will portray Kaz, a young policeman who falls in love with Noni after he is assigned to look after her.

Rapper Machine Gun Kelly (Richard Colson Baker) has been cast as Kid Culprit, a rapper on Noni's record label who she collaborates with, while Danny Glover will also appear.

Grammy-winning songwriter and producer The-Dream (Terius Youngdell Nash) will write and produce four new songs for the musical film, which have backing from BET Networks and Relativity.

Minnie, who received an Oscar nomination for her supporting performance as Matt Damon's love interest in Good Will Hunting, was last seen in romantic comedy I Give It A Year alongside Rose Byrne and Anna Faris.

Her upcoming big-screen outings include roles in musical horror Stage Fright with Meat Loaf, and Sean Hanish's drama Return To Zero with Alfred Molina.

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