Actor Wendell Pierce, co-star of HBO's crime drama "The Wire," and Anna Deavere Smith from NBC's "The West Wing" will play Latifah's husband and mother, the Hollywood Reporter said Monday.
Two children of pop star Diana Ross, Evan and Tracee Ellis Ross, have also been cast, as well as Tony Rock of the UPN sitcom "All of Us" and newcomer Rachel Nicks.
Based on a true story, "Life Support" follows Ana Willis (Queen Latifah), an HIV-positive former addict who has become a wife and mother and is committed to educating people in the black community on how to protect them and not become infected with AIDS.
"Life Support" was written by Nelson George based on his sister's story, along with Elizabeth Hunter, Jim McKay and Hannah Weyer. The movie is scheduled to start production this week in New York.