T.I. To Star Opposite Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe In 'American Gangster'

Rapper T.I.

continues to further his acting career, adding the film American Gangster

to his resume. The

Atlanta-bred MC has signed on to star in American Gangster opposite veterans Denzel

Washington and Russell Crowe in the movie, which is being directed by Ridley Scott

(Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Thelma & Louise, Hannibal).American

Gangster tells the story of a 1970's drug lord who smuggles heroin into Harlem

inside of Vietnam soldiers coffins. T.I. has signed on to play the nephew of Denzel

Washington's character Frank Lucas, while Crowe will star in the film as Detective

Richie Roberts.The

Wu-Tang Clan's RZA is also attached to the movie, which was written by Steven

Zaillian. American

Gangster is slated to hit theaters in 2007.