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LL Cool J dresses up for ‘Halloween’

Will return to big screen in slasher pic

Marking a return to building his feature film career, rap star LL Cool J has landed a role in the upcoming thriller “Halloween: H20,” from Miramax-owned Dimension Films.

In “H20” Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role from the original “Halloween,” which was directed by John Carpenter. Miramax acquired the worldwide rights to the “Halloween” franchise in 1994.

Dimension is keeping the plot of this seventh installment of the slasher franchise tightly under wraps.

Also just signed is Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (“Nash Bridges”). She and LL Cool J join a TV-thesp-heavy cast comprising Adam Arkin (“Chicago Hope”), Mi-chelle Williams (“Dawson’s Creek”) and Joseph Gordon Levitt (“3rd Rock From the Sun”).

The film, which began shooting in Los Angeles on Feb. 18, is being directed by Steve Miner — who helmed two installments of the “Friday the 13th” franchise — and was written by Robert Zappia. Paul Freeman is producing with Moustapha Akkad executive producing.

LL Cool J has completed a fourth season on UPN’s sitcom “In the House.” He made a small appearance in New Line’s Jada Pinkett comedy “Woo,” and did a cameo in Live Entertainment’s “Caught Up.”

His previous feature credits include Barry Levinson’s “Toys” and John Badham’s “The Hard Way.”

LL Cool J was repped by his managers Jeff Golenberg and Michael Rotenberg of 3 Arts Entertainment, and ICM’s Jason Barrett and Ron West.

Dimension’s reps were vice president of business and legal affairs Cary Meadow and VP for creative affairs and casting Amy Slotnick.