After a stint a few years back the Broadway production of "Beauty And The Beast," singer Toni Braxton is set to make her feature film debut in "Kingdom Come," a movie also starring L.L. Cool J, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
"Kingdom Come" is being directed by Doug McHenry ("Jason's Lyric") and tells the story of an African-American family that tries to set aside its differences while mourning the death of the family patriarch.
"Kingdom Come" began shooting last month in Los Angeles and isn't expected to be released to theaters until 2001. The film may get another title before then, however, as there is a supernatural western by the same name tentatively set for release later this year featuring Wes Bentley, Milla Jovovich, and Sarah Polley.
In the fall of 1998, Braxton took over the part of "Belle" in Disney's Broadway musical of "Beauty And The Beast" for several months as she was in the middle of a contract dispute with her label, LaFace Records (see "Toni Braxton Settles With LaFace Records, Starts Work On Album").
Braxton's new album, "The Heat," is currently at number 18 on the "Billboard" album chart and has already spawned a hit single with "He Wasn't Man Enough."
As for L.L., he's expected to literally roll into production on another film project, a remake of the '70s sci-fi flick "Rollerball," after completing work on "Kingdom Come" (see "L.L. Cool J To Mix Sports, Sci-Fi For 'Rollerball'").