MGM urban comedy "Soul Plane" has been cleared for takeoff, with rappers-turned-actors Snoop Dogg and Method Man on board to star for director Jessy Terrero.

The MGM urban comedy "Soul Plane" has been cleared for takeoff, with rappers-turned-actors Snoop Dogg and Method Man on board to star for director Jessy Terrero.

Described as an urban version of the classic 1980 comedy "Airplane!," the film is set to go into production in late June. Snoop Dogg will play a pilot, and Method Man will portray Muggsy, the airline owner's best friend who is put in charge of the plane's business class.

"Soul Plane" reunites Snoop Dogg and Terrero, who hails from the music video realm and directed the rapper's "Tell It Like It Is" video. The two took a recent trip together to Brazil. Terrero also directed the Method Man video "Round and Round," featured on the soundtrack to the 2001 comedy feature "How High," starring Method Man and Redman.

During the making of the "Tell" video -- when Terrero learned that he had nabbed the directing gig for "Soul Plane" -- Snoop Dogg revealed that "Airplane!" was his favorite movie and expressed a desire to join the new venture. After further discussions -- including an April meeting involving Terrero, writer/producer Bo Zenga, and Snoop Dogg at the rapper's home -- an agreement was reached.

Snoop Dogg is in production on Warner Bros. Pictures' "Starsky & Hutch." He will play dates this summer with both the Red Hot Chili Peppers and 50 Cent/Jay-Z, and is developing an urban version of "The Longest Yard," based on a real-life football game pitting a team put together by Snoop Dogg against a team from the Los Angeles Police Dept. Terrero is attached to direct the project, with Zenga attached to produce.

Method Man next stars in Miramax's "My Baby's Mama" and is attached with Redman to the studio's comedy "Jail Breakers," a remake of a South Korean film.

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