By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 18, 2011 at 4:40AM
Steadfastly making his mark as one of the industry's hardest working men, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has signed on to co-star in Stephen Sommers' adaptation of Dean Koontz's bestselling novel, titled, Odd Thomas.
Fiddy joins a cast that already includes Anton Yelchin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (remember her from Undercovers?), Willem Dafoe, and others, in the supernatural thriller, which centers on the title character, played by Yelchin, "a clairvoyant short-order cook who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark forces.”
A fuller synopsis, lifted from the author’s website reads: “Odd Thomas is a memoir written by an innocent, self-deprecating young man who wishes to live a simple and unremarkable life. Since childhood, however, Odd’s life has been complicated by his ability to see the spirits of the lingering dead, a talent that thwarts his hopes for quiet and anonymity. These lost souls seek Odd’s help in leaving this world behind. He takes great satisfaction in being able to aid them, and his selfless efforts on their behalf function as a metaphor for a teenager’s search for meaning in a world full of mystery… Ultimately, Odd is torn between his desire for an ordinary, simple life and his supernatural gifts.”
We already know that Mbatha-Raw, who signed on in May, will play Viola, the best friend of the main protagonist’s girlfriend, and a waitress with 2 adopted daughters of a dead junkie. A BBF (Black Best Friend) with a heart of gold then…?
As for 50 Cent, he'll play a character named Shamus Cocobolo, described as "a blind deejay who helps the titular hero uncover a Satanic plot."
Production is scheduled to start soon, in Santa Fe, N.M.
Fiddy will next be seen in the Mario Van Peebles-directed sports drama, Things Fall Apart, which is currently touring the film festival/screening series circuit.