Brody will play Leonard Chess, founder of the hugely influential blues record label Chess Records, while Wright will portray the legendary musician Muddy Walters in Darnell Martin's story of the birth of the electric blues.
Production is set to begin in early March on location in New Jersey and Mississippi with Andrew Lack and Sofia Sondervan producing for Sony BMG Film. Columbus Short, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Cedric The Entertainer and Tammy Blanchard round out the key cast.
Martin scripted the film based on an original idea. Her previous credits include Their Eyes Were Watching God and I Like It Like That.
CAA represents Brody, Wright, Short, and Cedric The Entertainer. Short is also represented by Colton Gramm of Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Craig Emanuel of Loeb & Loeb.
Cedric The Entertainer is also represented by attorney Nina Shaw. Emmanuelle Chirqui is represented by Endeavor. Tammy Blanchard is represented by ICM.
Sony BMG Film was established in 2005 to make music-related theatrical features. Its previous productions include The Ghosts Of Cite Soleil and Julien Temple's Sundance 2007 hit Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten.