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OTRC: 50 Cent to star in crime drama 'Freelancers'

Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson is pictured in a still from his 2010 film, 'Twelve.' (Photo courtesy of Gaumont/Jonathan WENK)

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson will star in an upcoming crime drama film called "Freelancers," playing the son of a murdered New York City police officer who joins the force himself in the vice crime task force and ends up on a team of "rogue Gotham cops," according to Variety.

The film will be directed by Jessy Terrero ("Soul Plane") who worked with the rapper previously on his MTV Video Music Award-nominated "Candy Shop." Filming is said to begin on March 28 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Jackson, 35, will also be producing the film and recently started his own production company, Cheetah Vision Films, which has a $200 million 10-picture deal with Lionsgate. The first movie under the deal, "Setup" starring Curtis Jackson, Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe is in post-production.

"With each individual project, I work with someone that makes sure I'm completely prepared for it," 50 Cent told MTV in January. "I feel like I'm growing. When the projects get bigger and better the public will start to shift and treat me like anyone else's progress."

Jackson made his name as a rapper before venturing into acting. His film credits include "Righteous Kill," "Twelve," "13," and "Caught in the Crossfire."

Jackson was raised in Queens, NY by his grandparents after his father ran out and his mother was shot when he was 8-years-old. His first single as 50 Cent was "Thug Love" with Destiny's Child and he was shot twice in the head, three days before filming the music video for the song.

50 Cent has been romantically linked to comedian Chelsea Handler and singer Ciara in the past year, but both ladies claimed that they were just friends with the rapper.

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