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50 Cent Snags Role in Film That Might Not Go Straight to DVD


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Chalk up another acting job for South Jamaica, Queens' greatest thespian, 50 Cent. The sometime-rapper has been cast in the supernatural horror film Odd Thomas, based on a popular Dean Koontz novel that sounds a lot like The Sixth Sense. 50 will play the role of Shamus Cocobolo, a blind DJ who helps Odd Thomas (actor Anton Yelchin) uncover a satanic plot. That last time we encountered a blind DJ in cinema, it was in Vanishing Point, and that film is fantastic so this is a good start. According to the Los Angeles Times, Willem Dafoe is also in Odd Thomas, presumably in a villainous role because he's Willem Dafoe.

Let's take a look at 50's filmography this past year: There's his football cancer movie Things Fall Apart, his heist flick Setup with Ryan Phillippe and Bruce Willis, his portrayal of a police officer in Freelancers with Robert De Niro (somehow this is Fiddy's second film with De Niro, following Righteous Kill), and finally yet another movie with Bruce Willis, this one an action flick called Fire With Fire. We'd be absolutely floored if any of these films actually get a theatrical release -- they all have the scent of straight-to-DVD on them -- but Odd Thomas seems to be legit.

For starters, Odd Thomas has franchise potential, since Dean Koontz penned three sequels to this 2003 bestseller. Also, director Stephen Sommers is helming the film, and while we're not fans of his work (G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, Van Helsing, The Mummy), Sommers' movies always ends up in theaters. 50 Cent might have himself a real movie on his hands this time. People might really get to see him in a film, as opposed to just laughing at trailers of movies we'll probably never see.

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