Queen Latifah In Talks To Join Play's Cast

Queen Latifah is in talks to star in "F*ckin

A," a new play by Topdog/Underdog playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner,

Suzan-Lori Parks. The play is Park's reworking of the classic "The Scarlet


"I would love to do it, there's nothing

greater than doing a play," Latifah told industry trade Playbill. "There's

a discipline to it and I don't know, I just love the work ethic of doing plays."

Fellow rapper Mos Def already has a lead role

in the play, which starts performances Feb. 25, 2003 at the Public's Anspacher


I would definitely do it, if it was interesting,

if it was fun, and if I can carve out the time in my schedule," Latifah

continued. "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 currently will star as Mama Morton in

the upcoming film, "Chicago." The Broadway musical-turned movie received

8 Golden Globe nominations Thursday morning (Dec 19).