Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and lauded actress Jill Scott to appear in “Baggage Claim,” a new romantic comedy presented by Fox Searchlight. The film, to be directed by David E. Talbert (First Sunday), will also include the talented Paula Patton (Jumping The Broom) and Derek Luke (Sparkle). Scott, fresh off a role in the Lifetime Original Movie “Steel Magnolias”, and filming one-episode stint as the “oracle-like” Simone on the hit show, Fringe, is set to start filming her role in “Baggage Claim” this fall.
Scott has been cast as Gail Best, the coworker and best friend to Montana Moore (Patton), a flight attendant who embarks on a unique search for companionship. Gail’s no-nonsense advice, at times outlandish, provides comic relief to situations Montana views as dire.The theatrical release date for “Baggage Claim” is tentatively scheduled for 2013.
Her successful foray into film and television includes roles in Tyler Perry’s No.1 movie Why Did I Get Married? and the Lifetime Movie Network’s second-most watched premiered TV movie, Sins of the Mother, a role for which she received a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.