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January 2008
First Look:
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency


Release Date: TDB
Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
Director: Anthony Minghella
Producers: Harvey Weinstein, Sydney Pollack, Tim Bricknell, Vlokkie Gordon, David Wicht
Screenwriters: Alexander McCall Smith, Richard Curtis, and Anthony Minghella, based on the novel by Alexander McCall Smith
Cinematographer: Seamus McGarvey
Cast: Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Idris Elba, John Kani, Desmond Dube, Lucian Msamati, David Oyelowo, Colin Salmon, and Nikki Amuka Bird

Synopis: Based on the best-selling novel series by Alexander McCall Smith, "Detective Agency" chronicles the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, the proprietor of the only female-owned detective agency in Botswana. Singer Jill Scott will take the lead role of Precious Ramotswe in the Botswana-based version of Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling novel, which will be directed and written by Anthony Minghella and co-written by Richard Curtis.

As a child, Precious learns from her father a great love for her country and the skills necessary to make a fine detective. After his death, Precious sets up her agency. It is a risky endeavour but with the help of her quirky secretary, Mma Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose), she soon finds her services much in demand. Precious investigates cases, helps people solve problems in their lives, and soon finds a special friendship blossoming with JLB Matekoni (Lucian Msamati), the highly respectable and slightly shy owner of Tklokweng Road Speedy Motors.


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