Universal Pictures has set Nicolas Cage and 50 Cent to star in “The Dance,” a film based on the life of prison boxing coach Billy “The Kid” Roth.
Project is based on a 2003 doc helmed by John Darling Haynes and produced by Eric Geadelmann. Cage and Norm Golightly exec produced the doc through their Saturn Films banner with an eye to developing a feature project based around Roth.
Once a successful prizefighter, Roth has spent more than 40 years as a volunteer boxing coach in Louisiana state prisons.
Cage will play Roth, while 50 Cent will play an inmate the coach believes has the talent to be a contender — the only hindrance being that he’s serving a life sentence.
U has just nailed down feature rights to the doc and pacted with Neil Tolkin (“The Emperor’s Club”) to pen the script.
Cage and Golightly are producing with Chris Lighty and Mona Scott via their Violator shingle.
Cage, who is filming sci-fi pic “Next” opposite Julianne Moore, will be seen this summer in Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center,” as well as heard on CGI toon “The Ant Bully.” Also this year, he will topline suspense remake “The Wicker Man,” which Warner Bros. plans to unspool in October.
Rapper 50 Cent made his feature debut in “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” and will appear in “Home of the Brave.”