50 Cent To Star In Football Movie, ‘Things Fall Apart’

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has been a steadily growing presence in Hollywood since his 2005 big screen debut, “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’.” That first outing was a little rough, but he’s since improved his game in “Righteous Kill,” “Home of the Brave” and, most recently, the Sundance favorite “Twelve,” which wider audiences will hopefully get to see later this year. Jackson is getting ready for his next feature now, and he’ll be trading in the trademark Kevlar vest for bulkier shoulder pads and a team jersey.

The movie is “Things Fall Apart,” which Jackson and partner Randall Emmett will produce through their Cheetah Vision Films label, Variety reports. The story follows a talented college football running back who “faces a personal tragedy as well as his own mortality” in his senior year. Jackson will take on the starring role; he also co-wrote the script with Brian Miller. Mario Van Peebles will direct.

We’ll next see Jackson in “The Gun,” which also stars Val Kilmer. The duo told MTV about it last year, in November, on the red carpet at the American Music Awards. “It’s called ’The Gun,’ and it’s about a gun,” Kilmer told us. “It’s a really good title. He wrote it,” he said, referring to Jackson.

Not much more is known about “Things Fall Apart” just yet. Jackson is reportedly losing weight — “65 pounds” — according to Cheetah partner Emmett. Jackson, as 50, will soon go on tour in support of his album “Before I Self Destruct,” so there’s predictably no start date for “Things” yet. Rest assured, we’ll be staying tuned for more news as this project develops.

What is your favorite 50 Cent movie? What do you think of this project?