Mary J. Blige has landed herself a new acting gig in Tyler Perry‘s next Lionsgate film, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” set to release to theaters September 11th 2009. The film will also star Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Henson.
Based on Perry’s stage play of the same name, the film centers around Blige’s character Tanya, a nightclub manager, and her good friend April, played by Henson. Also part of the cast is Perry’s comedic alter ego, Madea. Principal photography is already under way at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.
Blige is also set to guest in a popular primetime television series, which will be announced at a later date. She previously appeared on HBO’s “Entourage” in 2007. The singer/songwriter is recording songs as well for the follow-up to her 2007 Matriarch/Geffen album, “Growing Pains.” The new album slated for release later this year.