50 Cent To Star Opposite Nicholas Cage In 'The Dance'

Rap superstar 50

Cent has recently signed up to star opposite Nicholas Cage in Universal Pictures

upcoming film, The Dance.

The boxing film

is based on the life of Billy "The Kid" Roth, a former champion who

spent almost 45 years as a volunteer boxing coach and father figure in Louisiana's

state prison system.

"Billy Roth's

story truly spoke to my heart," Cage said in a statement. "Despite

the darkness and intense despair, an unlikely and flawed character is able to

find and provide hope to others."

In the movie, Roth

comes across a boxer that has potential, but the prisoner, to be played by 50

Cent, is serving out a life sentence.

This is the second

major movie that 50 Cent has been attached to since the release of his silver-screen

debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin', which was directed by acclaimed filmmaker

Jim Sheridan.

The rapper is also

attached to the flick Home of the Brave, which also stars actor Samuel

L. Jackson. That movie centers on three soldiers who return home from Iraq and

have difficulty readjusting to civilian life.

The Dance

is slated to start shooting after Cage finishes Ghost Rider this spring.