Diddy Gets The Blues In HBO Film

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will star as 1930s blues musician Robert Johnson in the HBO Films feature "Love in Vain," which Tim Blake Nelson will helm. Production begins in September in Mississippi.

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will star as 1930s blues musician Robert Johnson in the HBO Films feature "Love in Vain," which Tim Blake Nelson will helm. Production begins in September in Mississippi. The project is about Johnson, considered one of most influential Delta bluesman even though he died at age 27 and only recorded 29 songs, including "Crossroads," "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom," "Sweet Home Chicago," "Terraplane Blues," and "Love in Vain."

Combs has had supporting roles in the films "Monster's Ball" and "Made." Nelson has directed such films as "The Grey Zone" and "O."

Combs is currently on the charts as a guest artist on B2K's "Bump, Bump, Bump," which is No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100. As previously reported, this summer he will release a full-length album of dance music on his Bad Boy label. The set's first single, "Let's Get Ill" featuring Kelis, was unveiled last month at the Winter Music Conference in Miami.