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Eminem Will Play Lefty Boxer in Quasi-Sequel to ’8 Mile’

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It's been nine long years since Eminem made his silver screen debut in Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "The Wash" (and eight years since his acclaimed turn in the loose biopic "8 Mile"), but Slim Shady is ready to return to cinemas as a welterweight boxer in the film "Southpaw." The film was written by "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter, who Deadline reports has spent the past seven years trying to craft a role specifically for Eminem's talents.

"I love that the title refers to [Eminem] being a lefty, which is to boxing what a white rapper is to hip hop; dangerous, unwanted and completely unorthodox. It's a much harder road for a southpaw than a right handed boxer."

While seemingly unrelated to "8 Mile," the film will sort of pick up where Eminem's semi-autobiographical film left off. Whereas "8 Mile" was analogous to Slim Shady's rise as a white rapper in Detroit and his complex relationship with his mother, "Southpaw" will star Em as a fallen world champion boxer trying to reclaim his throne and win back his daughter, a common theme in Eminem's music. In short, it's like "Rocky Balboa" with a beat. As has been widely reported, Eminem spent the half-decade following 2004's "Encore" dealing with prescription drug problems before kicking the habit and releasing two comeback albums in the span of a year.

No word yet whether Eminem will make some new music to correspond with the film, but considering "Lose Yourself" from "8 Mile" won both a Grammy and an Oscar, it's a good bet the film will produce a least a couple of new Eminem songs. Although he hasn't had a starring role since "8 Mile," Eminem has made a couple of appearances in the past few years playing the role of "Eminem," including cameos in both "Funny People" and "Entourage."

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