She’s played a prison matron, an escaped convict and a lesbian bank robber, and now Queen Latifah is set to play Cinderella … sort of.
Latifah has signed on to star in “Just Wright,” a modern-day Cinderella story set in the world of professional basketball. Queen Latifah will play physical therapist Janice Wright, who moves in with a basketball player to help him recover from a career-threatening injury. The ballplayer, of course, eventually falls for his therapist.
As with “Bringing Down the House,” currently #1 at the box office (see ” ‘House’ Rules — Queen Latifah Comedy #1 Again” ), Latifah will serve as a producer on “Just Wright.” She also hopes to produce and possibly direct a movie called “The Cookout” for Lions Gate Films.
Queen Latifah is up for a best supporting actress Oscar on Sunday (see “Academy Awards To Air, But TV Execs Proceed Cautiously As War Looms” ) for her performance in the acclaimed musical “Chicago,” which also earned her a Golden Globe nomination (see ” ‘Chicago’ Knocks ‘Em Dead, Wins Three Golden Globes” ).
The onetime “Living Single” star is bringing her acting prowess back to the small screen as well. In the forthcoming CBS drama “Mali Anderson,” Latifah will star as an ex-cop she describes as “Nancy Drew meets ‘Shaft.’ ”
She hasn’t left music behind, though. Her album First Love is due next month (see “Queen Latifah Plans New Movie, TV Show, Album” ).