I think Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson might be aiming to be cast in every single movie made this year. Though he was ultimately dropped as one of "The Expendables," he's racked up roles in "13," "Dead Man Running," "Twelve" and, most recently, one half of "Jekyll and Hyde." The tireless rap star and actor isn't out of steam yet, as he has just signed on to star in "Caught in the Crossfire." Jackson joins a cast that includes Chris Klein, Adam Rodriguez ("CSI Miami"), and Richard T. Jones ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles").
According to Variety, "Crossfire" is the feature debut of director Brian Miller, and will be based on his script. The story follows two homicide detectives who are investigating a gang-related homicide. The investigation apparently goes to some pretty dark places, as the two cops end up evading unfriendly fire from both the gang and a group of dirty cops. Jackson will play a gang member who reluctantly becomes an informer for the detectives.
"Crossfire" is being produced and financed under Jackson's Cheetah Vision Films shingle. Though filming has already begun in Michigan, Jackson is spending time between takes developing a sixth film to star in. The untitled film will be directed by Benny Boom ("Next Day Air") and will start shooting in October. Something tells me that he won't stop with starring in a mere six films in 2009; at the rate Jackson is going, I'll be writing up another Jackson story by the week's end.
Readers, do you prefer 50 Cent in front of the camera or behind the mic? Are you surprised he is concentrating so much on film? What do you think of his roles so far?