Queen Latifah To Star In Nelson George's 'Life Support'

Rapper turned actress

Queen Latifah has teamed up with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and HBO to executive

produce the original movie, Life Support, a film about the growing AIDS

crisis in America.

Life Support, written by critically acclaimed author Nelson George along with

Elizabeth Hunter and Jim McKay & Hannah Weyer, is based on the life of George's

sister and has gained increasing support from the Black community.

The movie centers

around the life of Ana Willis (Queen Latifah), a former drug addict who is HIV

positive, who overcomes her drug dependency to become a wife and mother committed

to educating people in the black community on how to protect themselves from

becoming infected.

Wendell Pierce, (The Wire), Anna Deavere Smith (The West Wing),

Evan Ross (ATL), Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends) Tony Rock (All

of Us) and newcomer Rachel Nicks are all on board to star in the film.

Evan Ross, will play Trace, a gay teenager and childhood friend of Willis' daughter

who was born HIV-positive and ends up on the street, selling his AIDS drugs

for money. Ross' real-life sibling Tracee Ellis Ross plays his older sister

in the film as well.

Production for Life Support is slated to begin this week in New York.