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Henson, Jeremy Piven and Ryan Reynolds. She received much praise from her co-stars in the film; Reynolds said that she had "natural" acting ability and he was surprised she had never been in a film before. Last summer, Alicia also earned praise for her second film outing, The Nanny Diaries in which she co- starred alongside Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans.


Alicia has several interesting projects in the works including a film production deal at Disney, and a television produc- tion company of her own named "Big Pita, Lil Pita” which she formed with her longtime manager Jeff Robinson. Their first project is to be a series for the CW Network which will be inspired by her experiences as a biracial child growing up in New York. Keys and Robinson also said they will develop live-action and ani- mated projects with Keys participating as producer, actor, and musical supervisor. Alicia has signed to star in a film


adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's acclaimed 2003 bestseller The Secret Life of Bees alongside Jennifer Hudson


and Queen Latifah, expected to be released in 2008.


Alicia also is lined up to play 1940s biracial piano child prodigy Philippa Schuyler in an upcoming film entitled


Composition in Black and White, based on the 1995 biography by Kathryn Talalay. The biopic will tell the difficult tale of Schuyler's controversial career, love-hate relationship with her mother, and the black community, her second career as a writer, and her eventual death in a helicopter accident. Alicia was sur- prised and intrigued by the life story of the musician. She was struck by the hardships that Schuyler endured at the time. "The challenge, in order to actually be able to play classical piano as a woman of mixed race, was by far more than I could ever imagine", Keys said. "That's what intrigued me about that role... Her story is very deep, even up to the point where the relationship between her and her mother gets very strained and she chooses to go to Europe and pass as a Spanish woman in order to be able to play, in order to be able to live a more normal life", she says, adding that she and Halle Berry hope to start shooting sometime in 2008.


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