Queen Latifah is nearing a deal to star in Miramax Films' remake of the South Korean action-comedy "My Wife Is a Gangster." No director is on board, but the studio hopes to be in production by first q

Queen Latifah is nearing a deal to star in Miramax Films' remake of the South Korean action-comedy "My Wife Is a Gangster." No director is on board, but the studio hopes to be in production by first quarter next year.

The project reunites the actress with the same studio for which she starred in the musical feature "Chicago," which earned the performer her first Oscar nomination in the best supporting actress category.

"Gangster" is about a female mob boss (Queen Latifah) who gets married to please her dying sister. She chooses a poor, unsuspecting dupe who has no idea what he's getting into in the hopes that he won't ask too many questions. However, he starts to wise up, and she starts to fall in love.

Queen Latifah and her producing partner Shakim Compere, through their Flavor Unit Films, are working with Vertigo on another Korean remake for Queen Latifah to star in titled "No Blood No Tears." That film is a female action comedy in the vein of "Thelma & Louise" and "The Sting" about two downtrodden women who decide to pull a con to scam money from their male oppressors.

Queen Latifah next shoots a cameo role in MGM's "Barbershop 2" to help establish her own potential franchise in the studio's "Beauty Shop." The actress will release a new R&B/hip-hop album, "First Love," in the summer.

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