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Jill Scott: Tyler Perry's Next Leading Lady?

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It's become quite the formula for studio honchos to cash in on the loyalists of music talent who would be more than happy to spend their hard earned dollars--even in a recession--to see their favorite singer or rapper immortalized on the big screen. Although Tyler Perry, who has a knack for introducing new faces in his films and plays, has not subscribe to such marketing ploys he seems to have found value in one soulstress--Jill Scott.

Asource close to the soulstress told ESSENCE.com exclusively that Perry is currently in negotiations with Scott to star in the sequel to his blockbuster, "Why Did I Get Married?", which explores the joys and perils of marriage.

Apparently, the Philly native's character, Sheila, resonated with female audiences when she discovers the harsh truth that she is in a loveless marriage with a man (Richard T. Jones) who debases her simply because she's overweight. However, Scott ultimately finds love in an unlikely place, sheds the extra pounds and remarries a hunk of a sherrif played by Lamman Rucker. The film is rumored to explore her character's personal development and progression in life, love and holy matimony--the second time around.

Hailed as one of Perry's better cinematic ensembles there's no word whether the original cast members--Tasha Smith, Janet Jackson, Michael Jai White and Sharon Leal-- plan to return.


Recently, the star of  HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" gave birth to her first child, Jett, a healthy baby boy and we hear is simply enjoying the wonders of motherhood.

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