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From goals to roles, Ferdinand and Cole turn movie producers

The film Dead Man Running, executively produced by Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole, was given a first screening last night.

The movie, which stars rapper 50 Cent, is a crime caper in which the lead Nick Kane has 24 hours to find £100,000 or feel the wrath of 'Fiddy'.

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The England internationals were major contributors to the overall budget of around £3m, and the move marks the latest switch from sports field to movie studio.

Previous sports stars to have entered the film industry have included Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, who recently starred in the critically acclaimed Looking For Eric while former American Footballer OJ Simpson has appeared in a number of Hollywood movies.

How Ferdinand and Cole's project is received is impossible to predict. Previous ventures have had mixed fortunes, but you'll be able to judge for yourself on 30 August when Dead Man Running is released.