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OutKast star goes "Semi-Pro" for hoops comedy

Singer Andre 3000 poses for photographers at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards in New York August 31, 2006 file photo. Andre 3000", one half of the Grammy-winning duo OutKast, will join Will Ferrell in the basketball comedy "Semi-Pro." REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Hip-hop star “Andre 3000” Benjamin, one half of the Grammy-winning duo OutKast, will join Will Ferrell in the basketball comedy “Semi-Pro.”

The New Line project is set in the ‘70s world of the now-defunct American Basketball Assn. and follows Jackie Moon (Ferrell), the owner-coach-player of the fictional Flint Michigan Tropics. Moon must lead his team on a desperate attempt to make it to the big leagues.

Benjamin plays a self-styled ladies’ man who is the best player on the team. Woody Harrelson already has been cast.

Former New Line executive Kent Alterman is making his directorial debut on the picture.

Benjamin is the co-creator of Cartoon Network’s “Class of 3000” and is one of the voices in the upcoming family movie “Charlotte’s Web.” OutKast received two Grammy nominations Thursday for songs on the soundtrack album to its “Idlewild” movie.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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