Andre "3000" Benjamin, one-half of hip-hop duo OutKast, has signed on to his first major studio project, a Paramount Pictures drama starring Mark Wahlberg. The untitled film, formerly known as "Four Brothers," revolves around four brothers who seek to avenge their mother's death.
Tyrese ("The Flight of the Phoenix") and Garrett Hedlund ("Friday Night Lights") also are on board. They'll play Andre 3000's siblings along with Wahlberg, who was previously announced as one of the brothers. Principal photography is scheduled to begin Monday in Toronto. John Singleton will direct.
Andre 3000's previous forays into cinema include the upcoming MGM feature "Be Cool" and Guy Ritchie's "Revolver." He also is starring in HBO's untitled OutKast movie.
I keep waiting for the backlash against OutKast (and particularly Andre 3000) to begin, but maybe it will never happen. Let's hope not.