News: 50 Cent Lands New Movie Role, Rebounds From Stallone Flick Fallout
Monday, Apr 6, 2009 10:51AM
50 Cent has been chosen to star in the upcoming film Twelve alongside actors Kiefer Sutherland, Rory Culkin and more.
The story will be a film adaption of Nick McDonnell's novel Twelve.
In 2002, then 17-year-old McDonell wrote a novel that starkly depicted teenage drug use and decadence on the Upper East Side. The film centers on a former high schooler and drug dealer whose life takes a drastic turn after his best friend is arrested for murdering the dealer's cousin. Jordan Melamed wrote the screenplay. (Screening Log)
Fif will be joined alongside a renowned cast of actors.
Pic will star Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Ellen Barkin and Kiefer Sutherland. Gaumont chairman Sidonie Dumas and CEO Christophe Riandee will produce with Radar CEO Ted Field and Original Media CEO Charlie Corwin. Melamed also will be a producer with Bob Salerno; and Mike Weber will be exec producer. Production begins April 20 in New York. (Variety)
The rapper-turned-actor recently turned down his role in Sylvester Stallone's upcoming movie The Expendables.
"50 Cent was offered the role of 'Hale Caesar' in The Expendables, however he is currently in the process of completing his forthcoming album Before I Self Destruct with Dr. Dre and Eminem," a rep wrote. "He was unfortunately not able to commit to the project." (MTV)
He was originally chosen to replace Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker in the film.
"Trust me, the change of Forest Whitaker to 50 Cent AKA Curtis Jackson is a good one," Stallone wrote in a statement. "Nobody wanted Eric Roberts over Ben Kingsley, but I believe it's a vastly improved cast. The point is, you either believe in me and the project, setting your personal feelings aside, or you take a darker approach, which really serves no purpose since your insight and suggestions and overall are a great thrill for me to behold everyday I sign on." (Press Release)