Cannon announced his involvement with the film alongside Rick Ross in a YouTube video. During the video Ross spoke of how he’d wanted Cannon to play his role ever since ’96 and that "Drumline" is one of his favorite movies (really?), while Cannon proffered the following profound words: “This is history in the making right here. We family now. We gonna get this thing right however long it take. The story gotta be told: the real Rick Ross.”
And speaking with MTV, Ross stresses the bona fides of his unlikely leading man to play his doppelganger, noting that he had met with much more A-list names who are mostly associated as being Mr. Mariah Carey. "I spoke to Will Smith about the role. I had a couple meetings with Jamie Foxx about it. Larenz Tate, I was really serious about Larenz," he said. "I spoke to Don Cheadle a couple of times about it. Columbus Short, I really, really liked Columbus Short for the role, but at the end of the day Nick's willing to help me build the project. He's willing to get in the trenches and roll up his sleeves and fight because I still wanna have some control."
It’s not the most inspiring casting, and considering that Ross is somebody who will be largely unfamiliar to international audiences, it doesn’t help that the lead actor has a similarly low international profile. Maybe that’s not a big concern for Cassavetes, and maybe the priority is to bring the story to North American financing, but if the financing’s not already in place it may prove to be a stumbling block. But hey, it’s great news for anyone who always yearned to see Cannon go gangsta! [via THR]