Controversial US rapper 50 Cent is to follow his mentor Eminem's example and turn his talents to the silver screen.
50 Cent is signed to Eminem's Shady Records label
The 28-year-old performer - real name Curtis Jackson - will make his movie debut in the "semi-autobiographical" drama Locked and Loaded.
50 Cent - who escaped death when he was shot nine times in 2000 - will play a former drug dealer who gives up a life of crime to pursue a music career.
The film will be produced by the same team behind Eminem's 2002 debut 8 Mile.
Terence Winter, writer and executive producer of The Sopranos, is writing the screenplay. The film is expected to be released in 2005 or 2006.
It will be produced by Jimmy Iovine of Interscope Geffen and Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg, as part of their first-look feature film deal with MTV Films and Paramount Pictures.
Iovine and Rosenberg served as producer and executive producer respectively on 8 Mile, which starred Eminem and was loosely based on his early life.
8 Mile grossed almost $117m (£65m) at the American box office and won an Academy Award for best original song.
50 Cent's debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', was the biggest-selling album of 2003 in the US and spawned the year's most successful single, In Da Club.
He was named International breakthrough artist at this year's Brit awards and took three prizes at last year's Mobos.
However, the rapper's rise to success has been dogged with controversy and incident.
The singer was booed off stage at this year's Reading festival after playing for just 25 minutes.
And he is currently being sued for $21m (£11.6m) by a photographer who claims he was attacked by the star's bodyguards in August 2003.