Hudson moves to 'Sex and the City' movie

By Leslie Simmons
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Jennifer Hudson (Getty Images photo)

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has joined the cast of "Sex and the City: The Movie" for New Line Cinema, which begins filming next week in New York.

Hudson will play "Louise," the assistant to Sarah Jessica Parker's "Carrie Bradshaw" in the film based on the hit HBO comedy series.

In July, the show's four leads, including Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, came aboard for the film after New Line Cinema agreed to finance and distribute it. Chris Noth also joined the cast to reprise his role as "Mr. Big."

The movie revolves around the four main characters' lives in Manhattan four years after the series ended.

New Line president of production Toby Emmerich, Richard Brenner and Kathy Busby are overseeing the project. Parker and John Melfi are producing. Michael Patrick King is writing and directing.

Hudson, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for "Dreamgirls," recently completed production on Rowan Woods' ensemble drama "Winged Creatures" starring Kate Beckinsale, Forrest Whitaker, Jackie Earle Haley and Dakota Fanning. Sony is distributing the film.

The former "American Idol" contestant is also in the studio working on her debut album for Arista Records, due for release in the first quarter of 2008.

Hudson is represented by William Morris, James Lassiter and Miguel Melendez at Overbrook Entertainment and attorney Bill Abrams of Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson.