Lil' Bow Wow Mulls Being 'Like Mike'

Platinum MC in talks to hit big screen as boy transformed into basketball wiz.

Teen rapper Lil' Bow Wow could have some pretty big shoes to fill in his feature film debut.

The 14-year-old MC is in talks to star in "Like Mike," a movie about a kid who comes across a magic pair of sneakers once owned by NBA superstar Michael Jordan, according to publicists for the rapper. The shoes would then transform Lil' Bow Wow (real name Shad Lamar Moss) into a b-ball wiz whose newfound skills earn him a shot in the NBA.

Variety reports that former Source Entertainment President Michael Elliott successfully pitched the idea for "Like Mike" to Fox Pictures last week after working with Lil' Bow Wow on the MTV telefilm "Carmen: A Hip Hopera."

Elliott served as one of the co-producers for "Carmen: A Hip Hopera," a contemporary retelling of the popular Georges Bizet opera that stars Destiny's Child's Beyoncé Knowles as the title character. The TV-movie is slated to premiere on May 8.

No other performers — including Michael Jordan himself — or potential directors are attached to the "Like Mike" film, which is considered to be in the early stages of pre-production.

Lil' Bow Wow has just kicked off a headlining tour in support of his debut album, Beware of Dog, and the outing is scheduled to keep him on the road through a two-night closing stand in New York on June 9 and 10.