Lil Wayne will star in the Weinstein Co.'s sports film "Patriots" alongside Forest Whitaker and Bow Wow.

Lil Wayne will star in the Weinstein Co.'s sports film "Patriots"
alongside Forest Whitaker and Bow Wow. The rapper will
play a character named Lamont, a student from a New Orleans high school who is skeptical of the school's new basketball team.

"Wayne went from a supporting role to a major role in the movie because
he read so well," Universal's vice president of marketing Katina Bynum
tells Billboard.com. "We're all very excited and looking forward to it,
especially since they reached out to him for this positive role as
opposed to a stereotypical one."

"Patriots" is based on a true story about a high school basketball team
whose players attend five different high schools until Hurricane
Katrina leads them to come together and reach the state championships.

The flick, directed by Tim Story, began filming in New Orleans this
week. It is slated to be in theaters November 2008.

Lil Wayne's latest single "Lollipop" currently sits in the No. 2 spot on The Billboard Hot 100.

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