Alicia Keys just scheduled her 2013 tour dates, but this month is marked up with her other, new gig, as executive producer and score composer for Sundance film "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete."
Directed by George Tillman, Jr., the drama is led by two "incredibly" young, fresh actors, in addition to some names that will sound familiar to fans of Keys' music and contemporaries: Jordin Sparks and Jennifer Hudson.
In a cast with other "grown-ups" like Anthony Mackie and Jeffrey Wright, the two singing stars will be stretching out their acting muscles yet again. Keys said "Jennifer Hudson is outstanding" in her role as a heroin-addicted mom from the projects in New York. You can learn more about that transformation in HitFix's interview with Hudson here.
Keys is open to collaborating with those two former "AI" stars on future recording projects. As for the music in "Mister and Pete," she described it as "pulled back" compared to what's on recent albums like "Girl on Fire."
And just because she's not acting in "Mister and Pete" doesn't mean stepping back in front of the camera is out of the cards. "There'll be others," she warned, smiling. When I asked her specifically about the rumored role as Lena Horn in of "The Ninth Wave," the film adaption Leslie Lee's play of the same name.
Though she couldn't yet confirm the role, "I'm very excited about that as well.. that would be a dream project."
Watch the full interview with Alicia Keys above.
Watch the interview with Jennifer Hudson on "Mister and Pete" here.