Cage, 50 Cent Do 'The Dance'

Universal Pictures thinks that Nicolas Cage and 50 Cent would make a cute big screen couple. And who can blame them?

The studio has set the Oscar winner and the rapper to co-star in "The Dance," a prison boxing drama.

According to Variety, the film will be loosely based on John Darling Haynes' 2003 documentary of the same name, a project that was executive produced by Cage and his Saturn Films partner Norm Golightly.

The center of the story will be Billy "The Kid" Roth, a volunteer boxing coach for some 40 years in Louisiana state prisons. Cage, as one might imagine, will play Roth. Mr. Cent will play an inmate with a life sentence whose gifts spark Roth's attention.

No director is attached, but Universal has recruited Neil Tolkin ("The Emperor's Club") to write the script. Expect tears, manly hugs and lessons about life.

After making a less-than-completely-successful big screen debut in "Get Rich or Die Tryin,'" Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has moved on to the drama "Home of the Brave."

Last seen (by a few people) in "Lord of War" and "The Weather Man," Cage's busy upcoming slate includes "The Wicker Man," "World Trade Center," the sci-fi thriller "Next" and the comic adaptation "Ghost Rider."