Coming from executive producer Lee Daniels and Big Bang Theory scribe Saladin Patterson.
FOX had renewed Smollett’s contract for season six and kept the door open for his possible return.
Production on the long-awaited film will begin in early 2017.
“Mr. Foxx, I hope I do you justice. It will be an honor to portray an icon.”
Kate Hudson and Mike Epps also part of the all-star cast.