50 Cent runs with 'Dead Man'

Gangland movie is backed by soccer players

LONDON -- Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has joined a stellar indie cast for Alex de Rakoff's London gangland movie "Dead Man Running," which began shooting Wednesday.

Jackson joins a cast that includes Tamer Hassan ("Layer Cake"), Danny Dyer ("The Business"), Brenda Blethyn ("Secrets and Lies") and Monet Mazur ("Stoned").

The rapper will play a ruthless loan shark in the movie, which details a criminal world as hard hit by the recession as Wall Street.

Set in London, de Rakoff's script centers on an ex-con trying to go straight who is given 24 hours to raise 100,000 pounds ($150,000) to pay off Jackson's loan shark or become a "dead man running." The mission takes him from the dog tracks of East London to the underground drug scene of rural Manchester as they try every trick and scam in the book to get the cash before it's too late.

The movie has attracted the backing of U.K. soccer players Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United and Ashley Cole from Chelsea FC, who take executive producer credits.

The film is financed by a mixture of private investors and an Enterprise Investment Scheme and is produced by Nicholas "Pikki" Fearon and co-produced by Alan Latham.
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