Cedric takes helm of 'Jones'


Cedric the Entertainer is set to make his directorial debut with the indie comedy "Chicago Pulaski Jones."

The film, written by Kel Mitchell and Janis Woody, stars Mitchell, Cedric, Tommy Davidson and Gary Sturgis.

It centers on a young championship dancer, Jones, who heads to the big city for his shot at superstardom. On the day he arrives, his uncle is murdered, leaving Jones to avenge his uncle's death vigilante style and alone.

Cedric's manager and producing partner Eric C. Rhone is producing with Mitchell, Woody and Mathew Gray through Rhone and Cedric's A Bird and A Bear Entertainment. Cedric is executive producing.

The film began production Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Cedric, whose recent acting credits include "Madagascar," "Talk to Me" and "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins," will appear in the upcoming "Street Kings" and "Cadillac Records." He is repped by CAA, Rhone and attorneys Nina Shaw and Gordon Bobb.

Mitchell, who next will be seen in John Sayles' "Honeydripper," is repped by the Agency Group.