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Jill Scott will join the likes of LaLa Anthony, Lauren London, and more in the forthcoming film, Baggage Claim. The three-time Grammy winner has just been announced as the latest person to sign on to the Fox Searchlight film.

Scott has been cast in the roll of Gail Best, the co-worker and best friend of character Montana Moore, played by Paul Patton. Moore is a flight attendant who sets out on a “unique search” to find companionship. Scott’s character offers her no-nonsense advice, while providing comic relief when Moore finds herself in dire situations.

With a very successful singing career, the lauded Philly native has also been making waves in the acting world. She recently appeared in the Lifetime film Steel Magnolias produced by, and starring, Queen Latifah. Her acting resume also includes filming an episode of the series Fringe, starring in the successful Tyler Perry flick Why Did I Get Married?, and the Lifetime film Sins of the Mother, a role which earned her an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Actress in a Television Film Mini Series Or Dramatic Special category.

Directed by David E. Talbert, Baggage Claim also features Sparkle actor, Derek Luke, and is slated for theatrical release in 2013. Scott will begin filming the role sometime this fall.


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