The Queen is headed back to the small screen. Not that she ever really takes too long of a hiatus from acting, but this time around Queen Latifah is tackling a remake of the 80’s classic chick flick Steel Magnolias, reports Deadline.
Latifah will pull double duty as both executive producer and star, leading an all Black cast which includes Phylicia Rashad, Alfre Woodard, and Jill Scott, who will take over the role of Truvy originally played by Dolly Parton. Rashad’s daughter, Condola, will also appear in the film to air on Lifetime Networks. Similar to the original, the Steel Magnolias reboot will follow the lives of a group of Louisiana women as they maneuver through life’s trials and tribulations, all while finding solace at Truvy’s beauty salon. Latifah will play M’Lynn, the character made famous by Sally Fields in the 1989 original.
“The caliber of talent associated with this film is astounding and falls in line with our strategy to make Lifetime a first stop for the industry’s best both in front of and behind the camera,” said Lifetime president and general manager Nancy Dubuc. Queen Latifah, Phylicia, Alfre, Jill, Adepero and Condola are some of the most celebrated women in music, film, television and stage — and we could not be more thrilled and honored for them to bring Robert Harling’s poignant story about the strength of women to a whole new generation.”
This year will be a busy one for the New Jersey native. Aside from her acting duties, the 42-year-old has also signed on to judge the singing competition The Star Next Door, for the CW, and is working on a daytime talk show.
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