We've been telling you all year about the long, complicated history of American Gangster, a movie that, finally, is being brought to fruition by none other than Ridley Scott. Starring A-listers Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, the film -- a 1970s crime drama about heroin smugged in the coffins of American soldiers returning from Viet Nam -- is currently shooting in New York. Based on nonexistent press reports about the movie's cast, you would be forgiven for thinking the set consisted entirely of Scott, a ton of cameras and PAs, and the very lonely Denzel and Russell. Today, though, Universal has finally told the trades about the supporting actors in the thing, and there are a ton of them.

According to this morning's Variety
, Ted Levine ("Put the f*cking lotion in the basket!"), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Common, T.I. and RZA are all on board in various supporting roles. That's a couple of good actors and a whole lot of rappers right there, huh? Call me a sucker, but based on ATL, I am more than willing to buy T.I. as an actor. RZA (who composes incredible soundtracks) and Common, though, I've never seen on screen. Anyone?
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