Ja Rule Signs To Star In New Flick

Ja Rule has signed on to star in the remake of the 1976 film "Assault On Precinct 13."Ja will star as "Smiley," opposite of Lawrence Fishburne and Ethan Hawke in the flick, which will be directed by Jean-Francois Richet.The movie centers around a mobster (Fishburne) who is locked away in Precinct 13, a police station that is about to close on New Year's Eve..When a gang tries to free him, Hawke's character commandeers a unit of police to defend the station.Ja Rule plays a small time criminal who becomes part of the mobster's click and gets caught in the assault.The movie is scheduled to hit theaters in 2005.