Ving Rhames and rapper-actor Ja Rule will star in the indie feature "Back in the Day" for writer-director James Hunter.

Ving Rhames and rapper-actor Ja Rule will star in the indie feature "Back in the Day" for writer-director James Hunter. The film is slated to start production next month in Puerto Rico. The project is about a man (Ja Rule) from the right side of the tracks who does a favor for an old friend (Rhames) mired in gang activity. After doing so, Rule's character gets caught up in a situation beyond his control. Joe Morton also stars as a minister whose death sets the rest of the events into motion.

Rhames is in production on Universal Pictures' "Dawn of the Dead." Ja Rule, meanwhile, has been added to the cast of Miramax Films' "Shall We Dance?" opposite Jennifer Lopez. The duo have previously collaborated on such songs as "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny."

Rule's previous credits include "Half Past Dead," "The Fast and the Furious" and "Turn It Up." He next appears in "Scary Movie 3." The rapper has recently teamed with Murder Inc. head honcho Irv Gotti to form a new clothing line, ErvingGeoffrey (Rule's real name is Jeffrey, Gotti's is Irving).