Rapper Eminem has signed on to star in the upcoming Dreamworks production titled "Southpaw." The film centers around a boxer (played by Em) who must overcome tragedy while fighting for the welterweight title per sources from Deadline.com.
The screenplay is being written by Kurt Sutter, the executive producer and creator of "Sons of Anarchy." Sutter offered to Billboard: "He [Eminem] 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. In a way, this is a continuation of the '8 Mile' story, but rather a literal biography, we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life."
The screenplay is due in February with production set for next year. No release date has been determined at this point. This is Eminem's first film since the 2002 film "8 Mile."