We just discovered that actor Anthony Mackie and rapper Xzibit are “in Talks” for Prison Escape film, a thriller titled Liberty Lane. Film and unconfirmed casting details have just been released by K5 Media Group - the company handling worldwide sales for the project. The prison break drama currently in pre-production will be directed by Ezna Sands from a script written by Sands with Dean Zanuck and Scott Fisher producing. Anthony Mackie is rumored for the role of Arthur and Xzibit for a character named Trojan, according to K5 Media Group. Cillian Murphy is also rumored to star, perhaps in the lead role of Woody King. The film’s synopsis states: Con artist Woody King rarely loses his cool even when faced with sharing a prison cell with a fearsome cop killer and prison yard enforcer Arthur Malveaux with whom he must share a cell. But Woody finds himself uncharacteristically and deeply touched when he learns that Arthur’s son is dying but doesn’t know it because he can’t read his son’s letters. Ignoring the huge risks Woody persuades Arthur to join him in a prison break in order to reunite the man with his son before it is too late. Mackie and Xzibit worked together in 2008’s American Violet, starring Nicole Beharie and Alfre Woodard. The film is set for release in 2012.
Exzibit Despite the fact that he’s a reigning two-time NBA scoring champ, with a strong following in the basketball world, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is not the first name that comes to mind when most casual fans think of superstar players. That could soon change, with word that Durant is likely to sign on to star in a yet-to-be-named Warner Brothers Pictures film. Film production is expected to begin in mid-September, with a shooting location having been narrowed down to either Oklahoma City or Baton Rouge, LA. That’s all that’s known thus far is that the film will have a basketball-centered subplot. Durant is known for being one of the more reserved players in a league full of loud and sometimes unpredictable personalities. So there is already some skepticism being expressed with regard to the level of acting ability he may possess.
It’s turning out to be one helluva year for comedian Mike Epps! At the beginning of the year, Epps launched his Mike Epps and Friends comedy show/tour that was filmed and broadcast on Showtime. As the year progressed, so did Epps. Recently we discovered that Epps has made some power moves in his film career as he just recently landed in the new remake of the film Sparkle with Jordan Sparks and Whitney Houston! If you are not familiar with the old film, it is a classic 1976 film that is loosely based of the story of the Supremes. He even continues to keep up appearances as he is the Host of this year’s BET’s Hip Hop Awards schedule for September.