Although she won't be making her big-screen debut until New Line Cinema's "Austin Powers in Goldmember" opens in late July, Destiny's Child principal Beyonce Knowles is quickly moving on to her follow

Although she won't be making her big-screen debut until New Line Cinema's "Austin Powers in Goldmember" opens in late July, Destiny's Child principal Beyonce Knowles is quickly moving on to her follow-up project. Knowles is in final negotiations to star as the female lead opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in Paramount Pictures/MTV Films' "The Fighting Temptations" for director Jonathan Lynn. The project aims to go into production in the summer.

"Temptations" reunites Knowles with MTV, where the singer/actress worked on the telefilm "Carmen: A Hip Hopera." That production marked her first outing as an actress.

Described as "Soul Food" meets "The Full Monty," "Temptations" is the story of a Los Angeles hip-hop producer (Gooding) who travels to a small Southern town to collect an inheritance. As stipulated in the will, he must create a gospel choir and lead it to success before he can cash in. Knowles plays a choirgirl who becomes Gooding's love interest.

Destiny's Child begins an extensive international tour April 29 in Melbourne, proceeds to Europe with a May 15 date in Antwerp, Belgium, and winds down with 13 U.K. shows beginning June 7 in London.

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