Ja-Rule, Ashanti Pursue Acting Careers

Ja-Rule and Ashanti are both working on film

careers. According to sources, Ja-Rule will star opposite Ving Rhames and Vanessa

Williams in the upcoming film, "Back In The Day," which Rule described

as an "urban story."

The 26 year-old rapper will also star opposite

Murder Inc. label mate Ashanti in a remake of the 1976 classic, "Sparkle,"

which starred Irene Cara.

The movie

will be released through Warner Brothers and will mark the directorial debut

of Murder Inc. CEO, Irv Gotti.

Ashanti will handle the chore of playing the

lead role that Cara played in the original, while Ja-Rule will play the role

of Stix, who was originally played by Miami Vice heart throb Phillip Michael


Ja-Rule's platinum selling Last Temptation

is currently number 10 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, while the duet single

"Mesmerized" with Ashanti checks in at number 5 on The Billboard Hot

100 singles chart.