Having spent nine weeks atop The Billboard 200 with his latest album "Confessions," R&B artist Usher could next be testing his drawing power at the box office.

Having spent nine weeks atop The Billboard 200 with his latest album "Confessions," R&B artist Usher could next be testing his drawing power at the box office.

MTV Films is set to produce a film, currently known only as the untitled Usher project, built around the performer. Usher will star and executive produce. A soundtrack component of the deal is in negotiations for the film, which Paramount Pictures will distribute.

While the story line is being kept under wraps, the project will not be autobiographical. MTV has moved away from an earlier idea for an Usher film titled "Confessions," after the album.

Usher will next be seen playing Jackie Wilson in Ray," the Ray Charles biopic, which Universal Pictures is releasing in the fall. He has also had roles in such features as 20th Century Fox's" "Light It Up," Miramax Films' "She's All That" and Dimension Films' "The Faculty." His TV credits include "American Dreams," "The Twilight Zone" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."

Since its April release, "Confessions" has sold 4.8 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Following its run at the top of The Billboard 200, the LaFace/Zomba set hasn't slipped far: this week it notches a sixth week at No. 2.

To date, "Confessions" has spawned three No. 1 singles on Billboard's Hot 100: "Yeah!" featuring Lil' Jon and Ludacris, "Confessions Pt. II" and "Burn."