50 Cent Steps Into The Ring For A 'Dance' With Nicolas Cage

Rapper will play an imprisoned boxer coached by Cage's pro-turned-volunteer trainer.

50 Cent hasn't given up on his Hollywood dreams just because fans didn't exactly pack theaters for his acting debut in "Get Rich or Die Tryin'."

The rapper has signed on to star opposite Nicolas Cage in the boxing flick "The Dance." According to Variety magazine, the film will center on the real-life story of prison boxing coach Billy "The Kid" Roth.

The movie is based on "The Dance - The Billy Roth Story," a 2003 documentary on Roth executive produced by Cage, with an eye toward developing a feature film on the trainer. Roth was a successful boxer who went on to spend more than 40 years as a volunteer boxing coach in Louisiana state prisons. Cage will take on the title role, while 50 is slated to play an inmate Roth believes has enough talent to be a contender, if only he wasn't serving a life sentence.

At the time of the documentary's release, Cage said in a statement, "Billy Roth's story truly spoke to my heart; despite the darkness and intense despair, an unlikely and flawed character is able to find and provide hope to others."

Cage is co-producing the film with Violator Management's Chris Lighty and Mona Scott, whose firm represents 50 Cent as well as Missy Elliott and Oscar winners Three 6 Mafia.

50 had been set to film the role of an Iraq war veteran struggling to readjust to life back home alongside Samuel L. Jackson in "Home of the Brave" (see "50 Cent, Samuel Jackson Enlisting In Iraq War Movie"), but the film's production was shut down indefinitely last month due to a union dispute, and its status could not be confirmed at press time.

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