*Ludacris says he's been preparing for the September release of his new album "Theater of the Mind" while filming the upcoming movie "Max Payne" in Toronto, Canada.
Based on the popular Rockstar video game, "Max Payne" features Luda as NYPD Deputy Police Chief Jim Bravura opposite co-stars Mark Wahlberg.
His forthcoming Def Jam album will be another film-worthy project, he tells Billboard. "Expect the whole album [to be] theatrical," he explains. Though he hasn't yet chosen a first single, he says that a track should drop by June or July.
Ludacris said one of his tracks, "Let's Stay Together," is produced by DJ Paul of Three6 Mafia. Other producers making contributions include Dre & Vidal, 9th wonder, Ice Drake and DJ Don Cannon.
In addition to "Max Payne," Ludacris will also star as a character named Roman in Guy Ritchie's upcoming film "RocknRolla," due Oct. 31. That film also stars Thandie Newton and Jeremy Piven.
"It's about how the Russian mob came to Europe and took over," says Ludacris. "Then there's another film at the Tribeca Film Festival called 'Balls Don't Lie' with myself and Isaiah Washington about a kid that goes to an orphanage but is very talented in basketball. It's about how foster kids go in and out of families."