Teenage rapper Lil' Romeo has signed on to star in the Universal Pictures film "Shorty," to be produced by his father, Master P, and directed by Jesse Dylan, who also directed "How High," starring rap

Teenage rapper Lil' Romeo has signed on to star in the Universal Pictures film "Shorty," to be produced by his father, Master P, and directed by Jesse Dylan, who also directed "How High," starring rappers Method Man and Redman. "Shorty" is about a midget alien stranded in a Los Angeles neighborhood. He becomes a rapping, hip-hopping partner with a 12-year-old (Lil' Romeo) who wants to win an MTV talent contest.

Dylan began his career as a director of commercials and music videos and has worked with Lenny Kravitz, Tom Waits, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Michael Penn, the Wallflowers (fronted by his brother Jakob Dylan) and his father, Bob Dylan. His commercials include spots for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Energizer batteries, and Pizza Hut.

Lil' Romeo's schedule is action-packed for the next few months. His sophomore album, "Game Time," is due April 16 from Universal and is being supported with a slate of U.S. tour dates that begin March 28 in Columbus, Ohio. April will also see the premiere of "Pieces to the Puzzle," the Nickelodeon sitcom in which Romeo stars with Master P. An animated version of Romeo will also appear in an episode of the Disney show "The Proud Family," due to air around Halloween.

Meanwhile, Romeo is up for favorite male singer at Nickelodeon's 15th Annual Kids' Choice Awards. The April 20 ceremony will air live on Nickelodeon from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

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