The current batch of chart topping pop artists is producing a new crop of actors. 'N Sync's Lance Bass and Joey Fatone, Destiny's Child's Beyonce Knowles, and Dave Matthews are the latest hit music st

The current batch of chart topping pop artists is producing a new crop of actors. 'N Sync's Lance Bass and Joey Fatone, Destiny's Child's Beyonce Knowles, and Dave Matthews are the latest hit music stars to sign onto acting projects.

Bass and Fatone will star in Miramax Films' romantic comedy "On The Line," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is slated to start shooting in Toronto before a possible actors strike against producers begins this summer. Bass will play a young man who meets a girl he believes could be his soul mate, but misses the opportunity to get her phone number. His best friend, played by Fatone, will help him try to find her.

As previously reported, Knowles will play the lead role in "Carmen: A Hip-Hopera," a new MTV project due to premiere this spring. Set in Philadelphia, the story will be narrated by Da Brat, and feature Mos Def, Jermaine Dupri, and Lil' Bow Wow.

Dave Matthews is also said to be considering a move to the world of acting. The bandleader, who was cast in last year's ill-fated "Where The Red Fern Grows," which ran out of funds before the project could be completed, may take a role opposite Charlize Theron and Courtney Love in "24 Hours," according to published reports. The film is being co-produced by Glen Ballard, who produced the Dave Matthews Band's forthcoming RCA album, "Everyday."

As previously reported, Britney Spears will make her film debut as a student in an as-yet-untitled coming-of-age film. This side of the entertainment biz is not exactly new for Spears, who began her career on Disney's "The Mickey Mouse Club," which incidentally included 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake and J.C. Chasez in its cast.

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