50 Cent for KING Magazine

It’s being reported that rapper 50 Cent has replaced legendary actor Forest Whitaker in Sylvester Stallone‘s upcoming all-star cast film “The Expendables.” Whitaker reportedly had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

According to Sly’s letter sent to AintItCool.com, though there are some who are displeased over 50 Cent’s taking over the role, he’s sticking with the decision. He wrote, “Trust me, the change of Forest Whitaker to 50 Cent AKA Curtis Jackson is a good one.”

“Nobody wanted Eric Roberts over Ben Kingsley, but I believe it’s a vastly improved cast. The point is, you either believe in me and the project, setting your personal feelings aside, or you take a darker approach, which really serves no purpose since your insight and suggestions and overall are a great thrill for me to behold everyday I sign on.”

Stallone, who wrote and will direct the film, is starring in the project, which focuses on a group of mercenaries heading to South America to overthrow a ruthless dictator. Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Charisma Carpenter, Steve Austin, and Mickey Rourke will also star.

Sly’s pal Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear in a cameo role. Shooting will begin in Brazil later this month.