Hip-hop heavyweight DMX will star in and produce the thriller "Never Die Alone" for director Ernest Dickerson. Based on a 1974 book by cult novelist Donald Goines, "Never" also stars David Arquette an

Hip-hop heavyweight DMX will star in and produce the thriller "Never Die Alone" for director Ernest Dickerson. Based on a 1974 book by cult novelist Donald Goines, "Never" also stars David Arquette and Michael Ealy and follows the story of a gangster whose murder is witnessed by an aspiring journalist.

"Never" is being produced by DMX and Alessandro Camon as the first feature under DMX's Bloodline Films company. Adapted by James Gibson, the project begins production this week in Los Angeles. "What a great opportunity 'Never Die Alone' brings," DMX said. "It is rewarding to share a real-life story with real-life executives that understand real-life situations. I'm hyped on this movie."

DMX first learned of "Never" when he and producer Ed Pressman were in talks to collaborate on an installment of Pressman's "The Crow" franchise. DMX's Bloodline was formed to develop the project.

The cinematographer for such Spike Lee films as "Malcolm X" and "Jungle Fever," Dickerson's directing credits include "Bones" and Showtime's "Good Fences," which screened at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

DMX and Jet Li will be seen in the upcoming film "Cradle 2 the Grave," which arrives Feb. 28 in U.S. theaters. The Def Jam soundtrack, due Tuesday (Feb. 18), features the DMX cuts "X Gon' Give It to Ya" and "Right/Wrong," plus a collaboration with Eminem and Obie Trice on the track "Go To Sleep." The album also sports songs from 50 Cent, Foxy Brown, Clipse, and Drag-On.