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Beyoncé is taking her talents to the silver screen.

Mrs. Carter-Knowles will write and star in a movie about Saartjie Baartman, a South African woman who was displayed in London freak shows during the 1800s and nicknamed "Hottentot Venus" because of her ample backside. Though there’s no timeline on the project, Bey's already gotten to work -- hiring a staff of acting coaches and writers to help bring the story to life.

Sources say Beyonce wants to be taken seriously as an actress and thinks that writing a screenplay and taking on the lead role will help win the respect of the film industry. She's said to be doing tons of research and reading lots of books on Baartman's life to prepare for the part. 

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