According to The Hollywood Reporter, Keith Robinson has been set to play the composer C.C., brother of the pivotal character of Effie, in the movie version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. For Robinson -- whose credits range from Fat Albert to the recent FX series Over There and NBC's American Dreams -- the casting represents a particular coup because at one point the performer Usher was reported to be in negotiations for the part, though no deal was reached.

With filming on the DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures production set to begin in January under the direction of Bill Condon, the rest of the cast is quickly taking shape.