Hounsou set to load 'Trunk' with White


NEW YORK -- Djimon Hounsou is attached to star in the drama "The Trunk," which Sylvain White is slated to direct.

The Oscar-nominated actor ("In America") will play an aspiring concert pianist who fights to escape the ghetto as his jealous friends try to hold him back. Brian White, Boris Kodjoe and Thomas Krestchmann are attached as co-stars on the film, scheduled to begin filming by December in Oakland.

Bryan Turner's Melee Entertainment is producing the project from Joseph A. Elmore Jr.'s script. Kodjoe, White and Melee's Scott Aronson and Melina Kevorkian are set as producers.

Dallas Austin and his Universal Motown Records Group imprint Rowdy Records will produce the soundtrack and score the film.

Hounsou's credits include "Amistad," "Gladiator," "Constantine" and the upcoming "Blood Diamond"

White's credits include Screen Gems' upcoming "Stomp the Yard."

Hounsou is repped by the Gersh Agency.