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Will Smith, Queen Latifah to Produce Hip Hop 'Romeo and Juliet' for Netflix

Photo: Chris Pizzello

Will Smith and Queen Latifah are reportedly teaming up to produce a Hip Hop 'Romeo and Juliet for Netflix'.

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.

The feature film will be written and directed by Solvan “Slick” Naim, an Algerian-American writer, rapper and actor from Brooklyn. Naim has directed episodes of shows like Netflix’s 'The Get Down' and the John Singleton FX drama, 'Snowfall'.

Latifah will produce through Flavor Unit Entertainment, and Smith through his Overbrook Entertainment.

This is the latest project for Latifah, who earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2002’s 'Chicago' and recently appeared in Lee Daniels’ musical drama 'Star'. Meanwhile, Smith will next be seen in Disney’s 'Aladdin', which hits theaters on May 24.

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