Janet Jackson To Return To Silver Screen

Six years after her role opposite the late Tupac Shakur in 1993's "Poetic Justice," Janet Jackson is eyeing a return to the silver screen.

Jackson, named by MTV House Of Style's Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as the Best Dressed Celebrity at last week's 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, is currently in talks to star opposite Eddie Murphy in the sequel to 1996's "The Nutty Professor."

Much better known for her music and family of course, Jackson was actually acting years prior to the kick-off her musical career: her first regular acting gig was as "Penny" in the mid-70's comedy series, "Good Times." She would later take supporting roles in "Fame," "Diff'rent Strokes" and "A New Kind Of Family."

Since the release of Jackson's most recent album, 1997's "The Velvet Rope," the singer has participated in a number of collaborations. The R&B diva has graced recent albums by Busta Rhymes, Blackstreet and Elton John (see "Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis

Plan New Album With Mary J. Blige, Wrap Elton John-Janet Jackson Duet", "Janet Jackson And Busta Rhymes Discuss Collaboration" and "Janet Jackson Shoots Videos For Busta And Blackstreet, Talks Teddy Riley"). Future collaborative efforts may include projects with Missy Elliott (see "Missy Elliott To Team Up With Janet Jackson, 'N Sync") and Jackson's former brother-in-law, Chico DeBarge (see "Janet Jackson Talks Collaboration With Former In-Law").