Black Thought Shares Screen Time W/ Rosario Dawson In Upcoming Indie Flick

 Rosario Dawson and The Roots emcee Black Thought will spend the next month filming a movie in Philadelphia.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, both Dawson (Men In Black, Grindhouse) and Black Thought (whose real name is Tariq Trotter) have been cast in Explicit Ills, an independent film about the effects of drugs and poverty and the choices that people make.

Dawson stars as a woman with an asthmatic son and no health insurance. While the premise seems dark, casting director Mike Lemon says the film is "uplifting."

Actor Mark Webber (Bomb the System, Whiteboyz) makes his directorial debut with the project, while Naomie Harris (28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean), Paul Franklin Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) and Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker) round out the cast.

This is not the Philly rapper's first acting gig. He has also appeared in Brooklyn Babylon and Spike Lee's Bamboozled.

In related news, Trotter and the rest of The Roots crew will join MC Lyte and Big Daddy Kane as part of the first ever "Vh1 Hip Hop Honors Tour." The tour kicks off September 13 in San Francisco. The band has already announced that they will not revisit any Roots material on the tour, instead they will cover classic hip-hop hits from Special Ed, Wu-Tang Clan, Biz Markie, Public Enemy and others.

The Roots' next album, Rising Down is scheduled for release April 29, 2008.

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