Beyoncé Knowles Bound for Big Screen

04/17/2002 at 01:00 PM EDT

For Beyoncé Knowles, her destiny appears to be on the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter says that the lead singer of the R&B trio Destiny's Child, who will be making her movie debut this July in the Mike Myers spy spoof "Austin Powers in Goldmember," is already laying the groundwork for a follow-up feature. The Texas-born Knowles, 20, has her eye set on starring as the female lead opposite Oscar-winning actor (for 1996's "Jerry Maguire") Cuba Gooding Jr., 32, in "The Fighting Temptations." The film will be directed by Jonathan Lynn and is a joint production of Paramount Pictures and MTV Films -- the latter of which presented the TV movie "Carmen: A Hip Hopera," which marked her acting debut. "Temptations," due to begin shooting this summer, is described by the Reporter as "Soul Food" meets "The Full Monty" and concerns a Los Angeles rap producer (Gooding) who ends up in a small Southern town to collect an inheritance. According to the provisions of the will, he must come up with a gospel choir and lead it to success before the lawyers for the estate will show him the money. Knowles would play a member of the choir who is also the love interest.

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