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OTRC: Eminem to hit the big screen in first role since '8 Mile'

Eminem appears to not be opposed to gay marriage, despite being accused of using anti-gay slurs in his rap lyrics. (Photo courtesy of Eminem's MySpace page)

With 2010 ending in success for Eminem, including 10 Grammy Award nominations, the rapper is eyeing a return to the big screen.

The Hip-hop star earned praise for his acting in 2002's semi-biographical "8 Mile" and now word comes that he is in talks to star in "Southpaw" as a welterweight fighter who must overcome tragedy when he faces the title bout.

Eminem 's production company, Shady Films, will be teaming up with DreamWorks on the project, reports Deadline. The screenplay will be written by "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter. Sutter tells the site that the rapper's last album, the critically and commercially successful "Recovery", helped him draw inspiration for themes of the film.

"He shared so much of his personal struggle in this raw and very honest album, one that I connected with on a lot of levels," Sutter told the site. "He is very interested in the boxing genre, and it seemed like an apt metaphor, because his own life has been a brawl. In a way, this is a continuation of the '8 Mile' story, but rather than a literal biography, we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life."

He adds, "He'll play a world champion boxer who really hits a hard bottom, and has to fight to win back his life for his young daughter. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy."

No release date has been set but Sutter says that a first draft of the "Southpaw" screenplay will be completed by February.

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