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Queen Latifah to produce and star in film adaption of ‘The Tiger Rising’


David M. Russell | Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV DistributionQueen Latifah is headed back to the big screen.

Deadline has learned that Latifah is set to star in a film adaptation to Kate DiCamillo’s 2001 New York Times Bestselling children’s book, The Tiger Rising. Latifah has also signed on to executive produce the project.

The book follows the story of Rob Horton, a twelve-year-old boy who discovers a caged tiger near his home in the woods. Soon after, Horton encounters a girl who he befriends and later shows him that “some things – like memories, heartaches and tigers – can’t be locked up forever.”

Latifah has been cast as Willie May, “a wise and compassionate woman” who serves as a chambermaid at a local hotel. May is said to become “a source of solace advice and comfort for the young children.”

This is the latest project for the Grammy-Award winner, who has multiple project lined up including the Lifetime movie, The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel, the yet-titled hip hop musical version of Romeo and Juliet for Netflix, and Paper Chase, a teen comedy that she is producing.

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