Saturday, September 6


Ludacris is going to be a busy man this fall. He's completing the final tracks for his sixth Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam album, Theater of the Mind, due October 21st, and that month will also co-star in Max Payne (10/17), adapted from the popular videogame, and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla (10/31).
Theater of the Mind comprises tracks envisioned as short plots from movies. And in Ludacris' special brand of musical theater, the featured guests -- including T-Pain ("One More Drink"), the Game ("Call Up the Homies") and T.I. ("Wish You Would") -- are billed as co-stars. Producers include Dre & Vidal and 9th Wonder as well as members of Three 6 Mafia ("Let's Stay Together"). The official lead single, "What Them Girls Like," co-stars Chris Brown and writer/producer Sean Garrett and features a video inspired by the Mel Gibson movie What Women Want.
"Theater of the Mind is all of my albums put together," says Ludacris, who still hopes to hook up with Eminem for the album. "There's the funny Ludacris, the serious Ludacris and the story-telling Ludacris as well as the movie-making Ludacris."
Max Payne finds Ludacris playing deputy police chief Jim Bravura. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg in the title role and veteran actor Beau Bridges.
"This adaptation takes the storyline and the characters to a whole other level," Ludacris says. "This is the first time I've played any kind of police role. It's funny ... in most movies, Mark plays the dominant role but my character is the dominant one over Mark. That was a power thing and I absolutely loved it."


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