Confession time: I really liked ATL. I thought it was sweet, well-made, and acted with surprising skill by a bunch of people who had very little screen experience. Apart from young Evan Ross (who, by dint of being the spawn of Miss Diana Ross, was surely made for the spotlight), the person who impressed me most was T.I., an Atlanta rapper whose real name is Tip Harris. He was incredibly natural in front of the camera and brought a real vulnerability to his character -- how often can you say that about one of the zillion rappers who is trying to move into acting?

So, it comes as no surprise that T.I. has scored another acting gig, this time in a project he and partner Jason Geter just pitched to New Line. The untitled film will star T.I. as one of the salesmen at an run-down Atlanta used car lot (Comedy? Drama? No idea.), and will be the first made by Grand Hustle, the previously music-oriented production company owned by T.I. and Geter.