50 Cent to Headline, Produce Action Thriller 'The Pursuit'

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50 Cent has zeroed in on action project "The Pursuit" as his next starring vehicle.

Emmett/Furla Films and Cheetah Vision Films, which Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson runs with producer Randall Emmett, are producing the thriller which will be directed by Jessy Terrero. Terrero just signed a three-picture directing deal with the producers.

According to the producers, "The Pursuit," written by Matt Johnson, follows "a cop and criminal (who) inadvertently team up to track down an escaped bank robber as each has his own personal vendetta against the man. Meanwhile, a determined US Marshall hunts the men to prevent them from killing the convict and instead ensure that he is brought to justice the proper way."

50 Cent will play the cop.

Lionsgate will distribute the pic through its ten-movie output deal. The plan is to start shooting in Louisiana in February, 2012.

Terrero, whose debut feature was the 2004 comedy Soul Plane, is a regular 50 Cent collaborator. He has directed numerous music videos for the rapper as well as 50's 2010 crime thriller, Gun. The duo also have Emmett/Furla's action thriller Freelancers, which also stars Robert DeNiro and Forest Whitaker, in the can.