The bestselling rapper of the decade is punching his way back to big screen: Lyrical assassin Eminem is set to knock film fans out with his next big screen role: an up-and-coming boxer.
The Slim Shady will play a welterweight boxer who becomes a champ, only to be hit by a personal tragedy in Southpaw, a film loosely based on the star’s own tragic background.
Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers) won critical acclaim for his acting debut in the semi-autobiographical 2002 drama 8 Mile.
The Southpaw script 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. 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.”
Sutter continued: “At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy. 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.”
Em enjoyed a year of comebacks in 2010. He made a spectacular return to the charts this year with the release of his platinum-selling release Recovery and after spending several years battling drug addiction, he leads the field of Grammy contenders with 10 nominations. The hip-hop star, 38, will compete for the three big awards of Album, Song and Record of the Year, as well as in a host of rap categories, at the ceremony in February.