Rap star Eminem has successfully returned to the music industry with the year's bestselling release and now the 38-year-old has set his sights on the big screen, with a major role in the movie Southpaw.
Southpaw is being developed for Eminem and will feature the rap star playing a welterweight boxer who earns the title, but suffers from personal tragedy.
The boxer must then fight his way back to the top and when the affections of his young daughter and according to published reports, the movie is being described as a continuation of his hit 2002 movie 8 Mile.
Most of the script, which will be drafted by February, will be loosely based on Eminem's own life and music, according to Deadline.com.
Southpaw is being penned by Kurt Sutter, the creator of FX's hit series Sons of Anarchy and will be distributed into theaters by Dreamworks.
"I took meetings with Marshall's producing partners over the past 7 years, looking for something to do together," Sutter told Deadline.com. "I know he's very selective and doesn't do a lot. But he shared so much of his personal struggle in this raw and very honest album, one that I connected with on a lot of levels. He is very interested in the boxing genre, and it seemed like an apt metaphor, because his own life has been a brawl."
According to Sutter, the movie will be a metaphorical narrative of the "second chapter" of Eminem's life.
"At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy," Sutter continued. "I love that the title refers to Marshall being a lefty, which is to boxing what a white rapper is to Hip-Hop; dangerous, unwanted and completely unorthodox. It's a much harder road for a southpaw than a right handed boxer."
Our boy Nick Cannon who was here a few weekends ago for The Dew Tour has issued the ultimate challenge to Eminem. Nick is fed up with the things Em has been saying about his wifey Mariah Carey who Eminem dated some 7 or 8 years ago. Em has been dropping snide remarks about Mariah in songs like "Superman" from his 2002 "The Eminem Show" CD and most recently "Bag Pipes from Baghdad" from his 2009 "Relapse". Things got really interesting last summer when Mariah dropped the video for the song "Obsessed" which clearly was a shot at Eminem, Em fired back with a scathing diss to Mariah with "The Warning" and took shots at her newlywed husband Nick Cannon. For the most part Nick has been pretty quiet about the situation, until last week when Nick offered an invitation for Eminem to meet him the ring for a Charity Boxing Match. We all know Nick as a kidder and the type of guy who wouldn't hurt a fly, so it's a little odd that Nick wants to Box with Eminem. As of now Em has yet to reply or accept the challenge, who knows if he ever will either, Although I think Nick's intention for this is good donating to charity and all...I would have to say my money is on Marshall, just saying!!