Sean Combs is heading to prison -- but only in the movies. The rap mogul is in final negotiations to play a convicted murderer in the film "Monster's Ball," opposite Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton

Sean Combs is heading to prison -- but only in the movies. The rap mogul is in final negotiations to play a convicted murderer in the film "Monster's Ball," opposite Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton, according to a source close to Combs.

Combs, who was acquitted in March of weapons and bribery charges in connection with a 1999 New York nightclub shooting, will play a condemned inmate. Thornton will play a racist who prepares the electric chair that kills Combs' character, and later falls in love with his widow (Berry).

A source close to the 31-year-old rapper, who declined to be identified, said Combs won the role after auditioning for it.

While this will be Combs' first major film role, it won't be his first foray on the silver screen. He has a small role in the Jon Favreau film "Made," due in theaters in July. He was also slated to star as an NFL quarterback in Oliver Stone's 1999 film "Any Given Sunday," but was replaced in the role by actor Jamie Foxx.

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