It’s not quite “Luda & Stitch” or “The Lil’ Mermaid,” but Ludacris and Lil’ Kim are taking on roles not usually reserved for rappers.
Luda and Kim will star in the cartoon comedy “Lil’ Pimp,” due in theaters in October, according to a Columbia Pictures spokesperson who described the movie as “South Park” meets hip-hop.
Mystikal also provides a voice in the movie, which is based on an Internet cartoon series created by former journalists Mark Brooks and Peter Gilstrap.
Brooks voices the title character, whose only friend is a foul-mouthed gerbil named Weathers (Ludacris).
Lil’ Pimp is an outcast living in suburbia until he meets working girl Sweet Chiffon (Lil’ Kim), who takes him to the hip-hop club Playground to meet master pimp Fruit Juice, voiced by Bernie Mac.
The youngster excels in the world of pimping, but his new life is threatened by the city’s scheming mayor, Tony Gold (William Shatner).
Carmen Electra, Jennifer Tilly (“Liar Liar”), John C. McGinley (“Scrubs”) and Gilstrap also provide voices in “Lil’ Pimp.”
Ludacris, who debuted on the big screen in a small role in “The Wash,” recently wrapped “The Fast and the Furious 2″ (see “Ludacris Will Rule Road In ‘Fast And The Furious 2′” ) and has committed to a comedy he’s producing called “Skip Day” and another called “Radio” (see “Ludacris Tapped To Star In ‘Radio’ Flick” ). His third album, Chicken and Beer, is due in the spring.
Lil’ Kim has appeared in “She’s All That” and “Juwanna Mann” (see “Lil’ Kim Headed To Big Screen For ‘Juwanna Mann’” ) and has roles in “This Girl’s Life” and “Guns and Roses” in her future.
Mystikal starred alongside Snoop Dogg in Master P’s 1999 thriller, “Hot Boyz.”