Robert De Niro to join 50 Cent in Freelancers

Forest Whitaker could also take a role

In altogether unsettling news, Deadline have announced that Robert De Niro will co-star with Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson in police drama Freelancers.

Forest Whitaker is also in talks to join the movie, which is produced by 50 Cent's production company Cheetah Vision, co-founded by Fiddy and Randall Emmett.

So far Cheetah Vision has mostly churned out straight-to-video stinkers like Before I Self Destruct, Caught in the Crossfire and Gun.

Freelancers centres on the son of a murdered cop (50 Cent) who decides to enrol in the police. His father's former partner, Vic Sarcone (the De Niro character), looks out for him and makes him part of his "rogue task force".

Jess Terrero (Soul Plane) will direct. De Niro and Cent previously appeared together in Righteous Kill.

Quite what attracted Oscar-winning giants Bobby D and Whitaker to this project remains a mystery, though both have a demonstrated an affinity to below-par movies recently.

All the signs point towards a dud, so, forbidding a miraculous surprise, this looks set to be an utter waste of their talents.

Shooting begins next month in New Orleans. With De Niro's name on the poster this might at least get a cinema release.

Does this unholy union suggest the end of days is imminent? Or are you quietly confident that De Niro can bring gravitas to the lamest-sounding productions? Hit us with your comments below…


    • gonzoBen

      Mar 27th 2011, 17:05

      Roberthamtpon De Moneyingtons.

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    • joker16

      Mar 27th 2011, 19:02

      This is truly sad. I mean what is going on with this man? He's one of the greatest actors who has ever lived and in the past few years it looks like he's working as hard as he can to destroy his legacy. Taxi Driver Raging Bull Godfather II Heat Goodfellas The Dear Hunter Casino Bang the Drum Slowly Mean Streets The King of Comedy Once Upon a Time in America The Mission The Untouchables Midnight Run Awakenings Stanley & Iris Guilty By Suspicion Cape Fear Wag the Dog Jackie Brown The Good Shepherd And now? Limitless Little Fockers Stone Machete Righteous Kill What Just Happened Stardust Meet the Fockers Hide and Seek Shark Tale Analyze That Please, on behalf of all cinema lovers, someone give Mr. De Niro a good shake and a slap.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 27th 2011, 20:31

      Watching DeNiro today is kind of like watching a shot boxer refusing to hang up their gloves, it's really heartbreaking :-(

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 27th 2011, 21:42

      From the director or Soul Plane? The sound you hear is a Scorsese facepalm.

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