‘American Soul’ Has Found Their Ike & Tina Turner, Diana Ross & Rufus Thomas

by Krystal Franklin

January 2, 2019

Photos by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for BET, David Becker/Getty Images, David Livingston/Getty Images and Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

American Soul, the series loosely based on the life and legacy of Don Cornelius, has added a few more heavy hitters to its upcoming series. Michelle Williams and Gabrielle Dennis (The Bobby Brown Story) have been cast as the legendary Diana Ross and Tina Turner. Additionally, the role of Ike Turner will go to McKinley Freeman (Hit The Floor) and Bobby Brown will portray Rufus Thomas, the singer behind Do The Funky Chicken.

As previously reported Kelly Rowland will round out the cast as Gladys Knight and Sinqua Walls (Power) as Cornelius.

Kelly Price and Jason Dirden (Greenleaf) will also be apart of the groundbreaking 10-episode drama. The Grammy-nominated singer is slated to star as Brianne Clarke, the “wise yet cautious” head of the Clarke family whose children Simone and Kendall are rising stars in Los Angeles. Deadline reports Dirden plays Gerald Aims, an established gangster and club owner who hasn’t lost the hustle. Aims becomes Cornelius’ close associate – perhaps his only friend – introducing Don to the decadent world of LA.

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