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Nick Cannon’s forthcoming dream role has been approved by the man he’s set to portray: Freeway Ricky Ross. In an exclusive interview with Hip Hollywood, the ex-con showered Cannon with tons of praise.

Cannon’s portrayal of the former drug dealer is a far cry from his more comedic gigs, including creating Wild’N Out and hosting America’s Got Talent. Ross however believes that the 32-year-old will do an amazing job. “My gut feeling is telling me that Nick is going to kill it,” he predicted. “I believe that he is the next big star, black star coming out, it just seems so right to me right now.”

Ross is said to have reached out to the likes of Jamie Foxx, Larenz Tate, Don Cheadle, and Denzel Washington about playing him. He believes that his story is different from films of a similar context, in that there “hasn’t been a drug dealer that has come out and put everything out.”

Equally excited about the flick is Cannon. “I’ve been wanting him to play my role since ’96,” he said in a video posted online, further explaining his close relationship with Ross. “We family now, we are going to get this thing right. However long it takes, his story has got to be told.”

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