Puffy Combs Eyes Acting Role In "Made"

As Sean "Puffy" Combs continues to fight bribery and gun possession charges in a Manhattan court, he's still managed to keep focused on his acting career.

The rap mogul is currently in discussions to make his film acting debut in "Made," a film being directed by Jon Favreau that will reteam the "Swingers" acting duo of Favreau and Vince Vaughn, according to "The Hollywood Reporter."

If Combs signs on for the film, he'll portray the leader of a New York crime syndicate that is operating a money-laundering scheme that Vaughn and Favreau's characters become entangled in.

Combs was to have starred as quarterback Willie Beaman in "Any Given Sunday" before deciding to drop out of the production (see "Jamie Foxx Replaces Puff Daddy In Oliver Stone Flick").

Produced by Artisan Entertainment, "Made" is expected to arrive on screens by the end of the year.

Earlier this week, Puff Daddy pleaded not guilty

to new charges stemming from a Manhattan nightclub shooting in December (see "Puff Daddy Pleads Not Guilty To Bribery Charge").

Last night Combs was on the West Coast, as "Variety" reports that Combs was busy rubbing shoulders with Madonna, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rupert Everett, and author Salman Rushdie at the private Hollywood premiere party for "The Next Best Thing."