Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Completes The Casting Puzzle In Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas

The line separating Hollywood and the rap world continues to blur. Ice-T has logged more than a decade on Law & Order: SVU. LL Cool J’s a regular on NCIS: Los Angeles. And Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has been cast in an adaptation of a Dean Koontz novel.

The rap star, who has dabbled in film over the years, will join Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe and Patton Oswalt in a feature-film take on Koontz’s Odd Thomas, a bestselling novel from 2003 based on a clairvoyant short-order cook who encounters the ghost of a recently-deceased girl and uses his strange powers to track her killer. Jackson, according to Variety, will play Shamus Cocobolo, a blind deejay who helps Yelchin’s hero character pull the curtain back on a Satanic plot.

Stephen Sommers of The Mummy and last summer’s G.I. Joe is on the hook to direct Odd Thomas, and I have to wonder if this is the start of yet another Hollywood mystery franchise. Koontz’s novel was so well-received he went on to pen two sequels, Forever Odd and Brother Odd. No word in the trade story if Yelchin, Jackson or Sommers are signed on to potential sequels. We’ll have to wait and see how this one does financially before we start breaking down the future of a potential franchise. Odd Thomas, meanwhile, starts production "imminently," according to Variety, in Santa Fe, N.M.

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