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Queen Latifah & Will Smith Working On Hip-Hop Version Of “Romeo And Juliet”

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Here for it.

While Will Smith is still wrapping up some press for his upcoming debut as Genie in the live-action Aladdin remake and Queen Latifah has a new album “hopefully” coming out soon, it’s been announced that they’ve now come together for an exciting project for Netflix. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Latifah and Will are set to produce a hip-hop rendition of Romeo and Juliet for the streaming service. The film will be directed by Solvan “Slick” Naim with a script written by Dave Broome. 

The film is described as a contemporary musical take on William Shakespeare’s tragedy set against the urban rhythms of New York. The love story follows a young waitress from the streets of Brooklyn and an aspiring musician from a wealthy family whose unconventional romance forces them to confront their life choices.


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Queen Latifah and Will go way back and the Fresh Prince actor actually gave Latifah her first acting role on his hit series. “Will and Jada have been there my entire career,” the previously stated. “Will gave me my first job on TV.”

She added of her first time on camera: “I was like, ‘What the f— do I do?’ Director Ellen Falcone pretty much taught me how to act.” 

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