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