EXCLUSIVE: Fast & Furious regular and rap star Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has been tapped to star in BMX, an inspirational action drama based on the true story of BMX rider John Buultjens. Alex Ranarivelo (Running Wild, Praying For Rain) is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Hadeel Reda, Jean-Marie Sobeck and Jack Reher. Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar’s ESX Entertainment are producing in their latest collaboration with the director.

Shane Graham (Boyhood) stars as Buultjens, who as a young Scottish teen undoubtedly on the road to ruin was rescued when he was fostered by an unlikely interracial couple (Bridges and Sasha Alexander). The father buys John his first bike and while nursing the teen’s emotional wounds also teaches him that riding can feel like flying and flying can feel like freedom. Afshar, Bryan Craig, George Kosturos and Jessica Michelle co-star.

Afshar and Reda also produced American Wrestler: The Wizard, which just nabbed an audience award at the Austin Film Festival.

Bridges is repped by CAA.