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‘Ray’ scribe to Usher in coming-of-age pic

White expects first draft to be written quickly

“Ray” writer James White has found his next project, a drama toplined by Usher Raymond, which he’s writing for Dimension Films.

Singer-actor Raymond, aka Usher, will star in the coming-of-age pic about a kid from the streets who finds salvation through music.

Although White has worked on projects with Sidney Poitier, John Davis and David Ladd, “Ray” was his first produced feature.

White said he worked closely with producer Jonathan Prince to hammer out the pic’s storyline.

“It’s going to be a departure from what you’ve seen (Usher) do,” White told Daily Variety. “It’s going to be a really heavy drama that starts with him seeing life through a rose-colored lens and it becomes the wrong man at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

While White said he didn’t have a deadline for the project, he said he expected to get the first draft written quickly. “It’s not going to be like ‘Ray,’ which took me three years.”

Cecil Chambers and Prince produce the film. Richard Cummings will serve as co-executive producer with Prince.

Dimension co-presidents Andrew Rona and Brad Weston oversee the project.

Usher’s feature credits include “The Faculty” and “She’s All That.”

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