Rapper Ja Rule is to return to the big screen in the remake of cult 1976 movie ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13.

The gruff-voiced HALF PAST DEAD star has signed up to appear alongside Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne in the drama, which will go into production later this month (APR04).

In the remake, Fishburne plays an infamous gangster who is temporarily incarcerated at soon-to-close Precinct 13 police station on New Year's Eve, while Hawke stars as a cop who must protect the station when a jailbreak is planned.

Ja Rule will play a small-time thief who finds himself sharing a cell with Fishburne's character.

02/04/2004 02:27