Philadelphia rapper Eve has signed on to star in the upcoming comedy/drama Whip It!
The movie is based on the life of L.A. Derby Doll Shauna Maggie Mayhem Cross, who authored the book Derby Girl, from which the movie was adapted.
In the movie, Eve plays a roller derby diva named Rosa Sparks.
The high profile role features Eve starring opposite Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page and Juliette Lewis.
Whip It!, which is Barrymore’s directorial debut, centers around a small-town Texas girl, who finds her identity through a local roller derby league.
Barrymores Flower Films and Barry Mendel and Kiwi Smith are producing the flick, which will be released by Mandate Pictures.
Eve has sold millions of records as a rapper and in 2003, she starred in her own self-titled sitcom, which aired until 2006.
Eve has also starred in movies like Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, XXX (starring Vin Diesel), The Cookout and The Woodsman (which starred Kevin Bacon).
Filming on Whip It! Is slated to begin in March of 2009.