British soccer superstar David Beckham is in talks to tackle his movie acting debut in the upcoming prequel to The Pink Panther.

But the Real Madrid midfielder won't have to stretch himself too much - he's hoping to make a cameo as a soccer player in the MGM project, which follows a detective solving the murder of a famous soccer coach and the theft of the Pink Panther diamond.

Talks for Beckham hinge on the resolution of a scheduling conflict.

The British player, who recently relocated to the Spanish capital, has had a limited feature film career to date - he's only featured in archive footage in British comedy Bend It Like Beckham.

In The Pink Panther, STEVE MARTIN stars as INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU, with KEVIN KLINE, Beyonce Knowles and Jean Reno also cast.

The movie is due to go into production in May (04) and is scheduled for a July 2005 release.

26/03/2004 20:07