Jennifer Hudson and Jordan Sparks Win 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete'

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Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks are spending the summer in Brooklyn.

The two crooners are preparing to really show off their acting chops as they've signed on for the gritty inner-city drama, "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," according to Deadline.

"Inevitable Defeat" follows two kids who are left to fend for themselves for the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities. We're assuming those two mothers are being played by Sparks and Hudson, who join a cast that also includes Anthony Mackie and Jeffrey Wright.

We love that Jennifer Hudson continues to hone her dramatic chops without breaking into song, as she certainly proved in both "Winnie" and "The Secret Life of Bees" that she doesn't need a handful of tunes to give a good performance. She'll get to sing again soon enough in "Black Nativity," the gospel musical in which she'll appear with Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.

Meanwhile, the jury's out on Jordin Sparks, though she certainly did as good a job with the non-singing moments in "Sparkle" as she did with the ones that required her to hit all those high notes.

"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" (please don't change that awesome title) started shooting today in Brooklyn under the direction of George Tillman Jr., whose credits include the Navy drama "Men of Honor," the Biggie Smalls biopic "Notorious" and the Dwayne Johnson action flick "Faster."