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Nick Cannon to play infamous drug kingpin Ricky Ross onscreen

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"America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon is shedding his family-friendly image to portray former drug lord Ricky Ross in an upcoming biopic.

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The actor was hand-picked by the convicted kingpin to bring his story to life on screen and Ross reveals he's had Mariah Carey's husband in his sights for more than 15 years.

"Freeway" Ricky Ross tells AllHipHop.com, "I chose Nick based on a few factors. The role is 17 to 25 in age, many of our award-winning actors are much older than that range. Nick is a guy who captures my character when I was in custody in San Diego."

The movie will be directed by "The Notebook" filmmaker Nick Cassavetes and will detail Ross' rise in the underground drug world in Los Angeles in the 1980s and his imprisonment for drug trafficking in 1996. Cannon adds the movie to his already busy plate -- he began season eight auditions of "AGT" in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Monday and begins taping the live shows this summer.

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