Rapper-actress Eve, Benjamin Bratt, and Kyra Sedgwick are in negotiations to star opposite Kevin Bacon in "The Woodsman," a drama about pedophilia for Lee Daniels Entertainment, the production company

Rapper-actress Eve, Benjamin Bratt, and Kyra Sedgwick are in negotiations to star opposite Kevin Bacon in "The Woodsman," a drama about pedophilia for Lee Daniels Entertainment, the production company behind the Oscar-winning "Monster's Ball." Production begins this month in Philadelphia, with David Alan Grier and Michael Shannon also starring.

"Woodsman," directed by first-time writer-helmer Nicole Kassell, promises to be just as serious and controversial as "Monster's Ball," which earned Halle Berry a best actress Oscar. It concerns a man (Bacon) who returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and tries to start a new life. He struggles with past demons but resists the temptations, proving to himself that he's cured of the condition -- pedophilia -- that plagued him for years.

He finds a job at a power plant -- run by Grier's character -- and even begins dating a woman who works there (Sedgwick). But when the boss' secretary (Eve) uncovers his secret and exposes it, his world begins to crumble once again. Shannon will play a counselor to Bacon's character; Bratt will portray his brother-in-law.

Eve is also in negotiations to reprise her role in MGM's "Barbershop 2," which she will segue into after wrapping "Woodsman." She recently shot a pilot for UPN titled "Opposite Sex" that's in contention for the fall TV season.