PASADENA, California — Missy Elliott, MC Lyte and Free have collaborated with Beyoncé for her next single, the title track from the upcoming soundtrack to "The Fighting Temptations."
The ladies gathered recently in an abandoned mansion near Los Angeles to shoot the video with director Antti Jokinen (Wyclef Jean, Brian McKnight), who will meld performance footage seamlessly with clips from the movie.
"Basically, it's kind of like a ladies' night 'cause it's all us females and the song is about basically all these temptations you have with this guy and you're kind of fighting it," Beyoncé explained on the set. "The house came from the movie because it kind of reminds me a lot of the house that we filmed in for the movie."
"The Fighting Temptations," which opens September 19, stars Beyoncé as a nightclub singer who is persuaded by a New York advertising director (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) to join a small town gospel choir he is directing in order to collect an inheritance (see "Beyonce Transforms Into Bohemian, Motherly Nightclub Singer").
Beyoncé took on the role after playing Foxy Cleopatra in "Austin Powers in Goldmember."
"I consciously, for my next film, wanted to play someone that was not glamorous, someone that was regular," she said. "I didn't wear any makeup. I was just a southern girl with a child out of wedlock. I wanted to play someone with real things that people really go through. And it was easy for me and I really, really liked it."
Beyoncé is thinking about touring in September for a few months and then making another movie, but she may flip the plan around depending on the parts available. She's currently reading scripts and talking to several directors.
"Some are romantic comedies, some are dramas, I don't even know what to call one of them," she said. "I want to do everything. I really don't know exactly what I can do ... I'm just starting and this is like a whole new challenge for me. So, I want to do a suspense film, I want to play a villain one day."
Along with her thespian aspirations, Beyoncé also has plans to launch a fashion line some time before the end of the year. "We're talking with a lot of different people to partner up with," she said. "My mom would definitely be a part of that. She's sketching up some ideas so we can know exactly what we want and we can be on the same page."
Whatever ventures the singer takes on, she will set them aside next year when she reunites with Destiny's Child (see "Destiny's Child May Get A New Member Next Year"), and whatever happens in between, Beyoncé is ready to go.
"In this business you can't really map anything out because you never know what's going to happen," she said. "I actually planned for my record, [Dangerously in Love], to come out a long time ago, so I didn't plan for my album to come out right before the movie, even though it ended up being a great thing. I just kind of take everything as I go, make the decisions as I go. I've been really, really blessed and hopefully I'll keep making the right decisions."