“Cadillac Records” is based on the real-life story of Leonard Chess and the legends who comprised his music label, Chess Records.
Howlin’ Wolf (Eamonn Walker) soon eyes Muddy’s position as the label’s top dog.
Walter’s temper was as overpowering as his talent. Short said playing the character was as close as he may get to playing his ideal role-Tupac Shakur.
Chess Records bass player and songwriter Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer) discusses the label’s sound with Chess (Adrien Brody) and Waters (Wright).
James(Knowles) performs for the first time for Chess.
Etta James, played by Beyoncé Knowles, gained much success in music, but learned she couldn’t outrun the pain of her past.
Harmonica player Little Walter (Columbus Short), center, jams with mentor Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), right. The role was a dream come true for Short.
“If you had asked me five years ago the one actor I wanted to work with, I would say Jeffrey Wright,” he says. “How close we became is a testament to what we can manifest if we believe.”
Etta gives it her best shot on the pool table as she discusses signing to Chess Records.
Gabrielle Union plays Geneva, Muddy Waters’s devoted wife in the film.
Waters, left, is introduced to the label’s new act Howlin’ Wolf, played by Eamonn Walker.
The crowds of Black and White fans go wild when Chuck Berry (Mos Def) hits the stage.
James copes with the realities of life after hearing disappointing news on her family.
Little Walter sings for the ladies while recording one of his hit songs.
Waters’s music inspires many rock ‘n’ roll legends who follow.
Etta James makes history as her music crosses over the racial barrier.