After a role in Emilio Estevez's Bobby, it seems that Nick Cannon is gearing up for another true story set in the 1960's. Even if you don't recognize his name, you've probably seen his face lurking on the covers of DVDs like Drumline and Underclassman. He's sort of the next Will Smith, in the way that he had his own rap duo, Da Bomb Squad, and is stacking up a number of acting roles. Ace Showbiz has reported that Cannon has landed the starring role in a biopic on famous tennis player, Arthur Ashe -- the only African-American tennis star to win the men's singles at the Australian Open, the US Open and Wimbledon. Ashe was also a vocal civil rights activist, speaking out against South African apartheid and the treatment of Haitian refugees.
Unfortunately, his life was cut short when he succumbed to AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion. It might sound like heavy stuff, but Cannon claims that the film will follow Ashe's earlier years, and how he became a legend. This is probably a good thing, when you consider this quote Scott Weinberg's upcoming Sundance review of Weapons and the actor's performance: "Nick Cannon, the biggest name in the cast, provides clear proof that his acting skills are about on par with those of an actual cannon." Perhaps Smith should scrap Ashe's younger life, take over the role himself, and give the film a better chance.