Queen Latifah Is in Talks to Star in New Suzan-Lori Parks' Play

News   Queen Latifah Is in Talks to Star in New Suzan-Lori Parks' Play
Queen Latifah, star of the upcoming film "Chicago," is in talks with The Public Theater producer George C. Wolfe about possibly starring in Suzan-Lori Parks' new play Fucking A. She would join the previously announced, fellow hip-hop artist-turned-actor Mos Def for the production which starts performances Feb. 25, 2003 at the Public's Anspacher Theater.

Fucking A is playwright Parks' new take on the classic "The Scarlet Letter." Rent helmer Michael Greif is signed on to direct the new work from the scribe who penned last year's Pulitzer Prize winner Topdog/Underdog.

"George Wolfe was talking to me about a play that he had in mind," Latifah revealed to Playbill. "I would love to do it, there's nothing greater than doing a play. There's a discipline to it and I don't know, I just love the work ethic of doing plays.”

The busy rapper-singer-actress added “I would definitely do it, if it was interesting, if it was fun, and if I can carve out the time in my schedule. So I was like ‘For real, George, how much time would you need me?’ [He said] ‘Seven weeks, seven weeks.’ ‘Okay, how about rehearsals?’ ‘Okay, two months, two months.’ So okay, you need me for three or four months of my life. I think I might be able to do that. As long as it's juicy enough, let me get something juicy, I might do it."

Latifah (nee Dana Owens), currently doing press for her upcoming star turn as Mama Morton in Rob Marshall’s film adaptation of Chicago, set to be released in Dec. 27. The multi-faceted performer can be remembered for her work on television in the series "Living Single" and as host of "Queen Latifah Show." Her film turns include “Set It Off,” “The Bone Collector,” “Living Out Loud” and the upcoming “Brown Sugar” with “Chicago” co-star Taye Diggs as well as Fucking A star Mos Def.

Mos Def, known as a rapper, made the jump to the theatrical stage when The Public's staging of Topdog/Underdog moved to Broadway in 2002 after a downtown run (with Don Cheadle in the role Mos Def would take over). Jeffrey Wright appeared both staging. Parks' previous In the Blood was also inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, "The Scarlet Letter," about accusations of adultery and the public shaming of a woman in Puritan America.

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