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Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker Teach 50 Cent About Money, Fear, Respect In Trailer For 'Freelancers'

by Courtney
June 2, 2012 9:04 PM
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Here's the first trailer for that Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson crime drama we first told you about in early 2011 and haven't written a word about since. Probably because there's been nothing about it to write about... until today, now that its trailer has turned up online.

Robert De Niro and Forest Whitaker join 50 in the starring cast of this cop action drama titled Freelancers, in which Fiddy plays the son of a slain NYPD officer who, with his two best friends, joins the Police Academy. After graduating, he's taken under the wing of his father's former partner, Captain Joe Sarcone (De Niro), and he becomes part of Sarcone's rogue task force.

The film, which is co-produced by Jackson, was directed by Jessy Terrero (Soul Plane). It was produced under the 10-picture, $200 million agreement that Jackson and his Cheetah Vision production company have with George Furla's Hedge Fund Film Partners.

I don't even know what to say about this, but I can't knock 50's hustle. He keeps pushing product out, no matter what we think of the product. I was surprised to see Whitaker and De Niro in this, and I like how the trailer reminds us of their Oscar wins, suggesting that this is a film of that caliber. Well, maybe I'm more surprised to see Whitaker in it than De Niro who just seems to be booking jobs to pad his retirement funds, and not because he's all into them. He was in that New Year's Eve movie for chrissakes!

But 50 keeps attracting top-shelf talent to his films, and he keeps getting hired for others. Next up on the big screen we'll see him with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Tomb, which is out next year.

Freelancers on the otherhand, is heading straight to DVD later this year, just like several of 50's most recent movies under the 10-picture $200 million deal. But he's apparently making money.

Here's the trailer (h/t The Playlist):

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  • willie dynamite | June 4, 2012 1:49 PMReply

    I think you guys are missing the biggest point. 50's movies, good or bad, like them or not are attracting high caliber talent and are making money on a global level. Foreign distribution is his cash cow. Just because it comes out in the u.s. via redbox does not mean this is the beginning and end of its distribution life. He is probably recouping the budget back and then a hefty profit once it is sold to every market outside the u.s. The domestic release is probably the icing on the cake. And it does not look that bad

  • Marie | June 4, 2012 8:55 AMReply

    I find it endlessly insulting that (particularly black) rappers, singers and athletes think they can move into the "acting game" without any discernible skills. What would our reaction be if Idris Elba announced he was going to play in the NBA or if Kerry Washington recorded an album? They'd be rightfully mocked for their hubris and arrogance. Acting is a SKILL that not everyone possesses. I personally boycott every movie that hires non-acting black folks (there are PLENTY of talented black actors out there!) and this one is no different.

  • Nadell | June 3, 2012 10:53 PMReply

    So he has hung up his rapping shoes and is now a bonafide actor?

  • Betty | June 3, 2012 6:37 PMReply

    Interesting that the writing is in, I think, Russian..............

  • rasheed | June 3, 2012 5:55 PMReply

    Ok, show of hands... who really believes that somebody gave 50 Cent a 10 picture deal and 200 mil? MAYBE he got 20 mil, but 200? I've gotta call bullshit on that.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 3, 2012 10:18 AMReply

    "Serpico" it ain't but... the trailer interests me enough to make a trip to the Redbox. This may sound dumb but I have to commend Fiddy on actually changing up his hairstyles for the roles he plays in movies. There are a lot of other bad and so-so black actors/rappers/whatevers out there who don't even try to change their look for a role. I'm talking to you, Brian White! "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale" takes place in a mythical fantasy world, so where did you find a barbershop to keep your fade and edge-up so tight?! LMBAO

  • Darkan | June 3, 2012 3:33 PM

    Glad I wasn't alone on that thought Adam!!! :-)

  • James Evans from the CG | June 3, 2012 7:41 AMReply

    Pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass.

  • scrnwrtr17 | June 3, 2012 5:24 AMReply

    Simply because a trailer mentions the Oscar wins of those now slumming for a paycheck in no way redeems what is demonstrably an awful, straight to DVD mess.

  • Miles Ellison | June 3, 2012 2:52 AMReply

    The title might as well be Brooklyn's Finest Owns The Night of The Departed on Training Day.

  • Serengeti | June 3, 2012 5:36 AM


  • Ronald T. Jones | June 3, 2012 2:05 AMReply

    Actually, this looks pretty good.

  • Emmanuel | June 2, 2012 11:59 PMReply

    Oh, no . . . This is BAD.

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