It's been a good week for Eminem. On Wednesday, his album "Recovery" was officially confirmed as 2010's biggest-selling album, and now comes news that he's set to return to Hollywood. The rapper, according to New York Magazine's Vulture blog, intends to star in a 20th Century Fox crime thriller called "Random Acts of Violence."
The film (which will be produced by Eminem's Shady Films) was rumored to be in the works years ago with a plot that loosely followed the video game "Grand Theft Auto." The script has since been reworked to a draft that's reportedly more close to "The Town" or "The Departed."
According to Vulture, Eminem will play "an ex-con smarter than his past, fresh out of prison and trying to stay legit — but his efforts are complicated by his old gang who wants him back on the job." The FBI, meanwhile, is hoping he’ll wear a wire and bring down the crime syndicate. What happens? "The ex-con, meanwhile, tries to play both sides against each other long enough to exact revenge against those — on both sides of the law — who sent him to prison in the first place."
This isn’t Eminem’s first stab at the big screen. He starred in “8 Mile” which was released in 2003 and made $242.8 million worldwide. “Lose Yourself,” a song from the film, won the Oscar for best song in 2003.
"Random Acts of Violence" is still in the final scripting stages; no release date is set.