HOTEL RWANDA star Don Cheadle has given controversial movie AMERICAN GANGSTER a new lease of life after the project was halted due to financial restrictions.

Denzel Washington was originally slated to star as 1970s Harlem, New York drug lord FRANK LUCAS, but budget constraints led to the film getting scrapped.

If the film does go into production, it will reunite Cheadle with Hotel Rwanda director Terry George.

31/05/2005 21:13