Ludacris’ Hustle & Flow - LudacrisAtlanta rapper Ludacris has signed on to co-star in a new movie called “Hustle & Flow,” which is produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton.

“It’s about a hustler, a pimp that has a mid-life crisis at the age of 28. He knows there’s no future in being a pimp ’cause he aint even that good of a pimp. So he up and decides he wants to be a rap star,” Singleton told

Terrence Howard (“Big Momma’s House”) plays the lead role and is supported by additional performances from Anthony Anderson (“Barbershop”).DJ Qualls (“Road Trip”), Taryn Manning, (“8 mile”) and Taraji Henson (“Baby Boy”).

“This film is hot. It’s what’s going on the dirty South today,” Singleton continued.

Ludacris is set to play the role of a local artist who recently hit big in the rap game.

“Ludacris plays a cat that has some new money,” Singleton said. “He comes back to town and is an a**hole. He’s one of them ni**as that been to Europe and thinks he’s seen the world and he’s just a basic artist, but everyone wants to get put on by him.”

The soundtrack for “Hustle & Flow” will be released on Ludacris’ DTP imprint and will feature performances by Ludacris, 36 Mafia, Al Kapone, Frayser Boy and other local Memphis acts.

“Hustle & Flow” is slated for a Spring 2005 release.