50 Cent to Headline, Produce Action Thriller 'The Pursuit'

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Jessy Terrero will direct the Curtis Jackson project for Emmett/Furla Films.

Rapper-turned-actor Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has zeroed in on action project The Pursuit as his next starring vehicle.

Cheetah Vision Films, which Jackson runs with producer Randall Emmett, and Emmett/Furla Films are producing the thriller which will be directed by Jessy Terrero. Terrero just signed a three-picture directing deal with the producers.

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According to the producers, Pursuit, written by Matt Johnson, follows "a cop and criminal (who) inadvertently team up to track down an escaped bank robber as each has his own personal vendetta against the man. Meanwhile, a determined US Marshall hunts the men to prevent them from killing the convict and instead ensure that he is brought to justice the proper way."

Jackson will play the cop.

Lionsgate will distribute the pic through its ten-movie output deal. The plan is to start shooting in Louisiana in February, 2012.

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Terrero, whose debut feature was the 2004 comedy Soul Plane, is a regular Jackson collaborator. He has directed numerous music videos for the rapper as well as Jackson’s 2010 crime thriller, Gun. The duo also have Emmett/Furla’s action thriller Freelancers, which also stars Robert DeNiro and Forest Whitaker, in the can.

Jackson is repped by CAA and attorney Aron Baumel.