Queen Latifah Competes Against Botswana’s Health Minister for Detective Role
Queen Latifah is reportedly in the running to play detective Precious Ramotswe in the film adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith’s best selling novel The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. According to the U.K.’s Sunday Times, the rapper turned actress is competing against Professor Sheila Tlou, Botswana’s health minister, for the role. Tlou has already portrayed Ramotswe, also a native of Botswana, in two amateur stage productions and is favored by McCall himself for the role. “There is one person who is really keen to play Mma Ramotswe and who has played her twice on the amateur stage in Gaborone and that’s the minister of health, Sheila Tlou,” McCall said. “In my view she is Mma Ramotswe and in her view she is Mma Ramotswe.” The film, which will be directed by Anthony Minghella, is slated to begin filming in Botswana in the coming weeks. McCall’s first book in the series was released in 1998, but didn’t become a bestseller until 2003. The series has since been translated into 34 languages and has sold 15 million copies in English.