It’s a busy time for Xzibit (aka Alvin Joiner). The actor-producer-rapper has been promoted to series regular for Season 3 of Fox’s hit Empire following his guest starring role in Season 2. He also has been cast in a lead role opposite Michael Angarano in indie feature Sun Dogs.
In Empire, Xzibit plays Leslie “Shyne” Johnson, who is 100% wolf and 100% gangster. He has managed artists, started record imprints and even sold a few units here and there, but his bread and butter always has been — much to his years-long frustration — drugs, guns and extortion. Feeling shut out by the other heavy hitters in the music industry, he carries a big chip on his shoulder, especially for Lucious (Terrence Howard).
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In Sun Dogs, Xzibit plays Staff Sgt. Jenkins. Melissa Benoist, Allison Janney and Ed O’Neill also star in the pic, the feature film directorial debut of Once Upon a Time star Jennifer Morrison that was penned by Anthony Tambakis (Warrior).
The film follows Ned Chipley (Angarano), a young misfit who always has wanted to be a hero, enthusiastically seeking to enlist with the Marines, only to be turned down each year. However, Staff Sgt Jenkins, a well-meaning, fatherly type, takes pity on Ned, offering him a “position” as a civilian watchdog.
Xzibit’s other feature credits include Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant opposite Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes, Sony’s Gridiron Gang opposite Dwayne Johnson and xXx: State of the Union opposite Ice Cube and Samuel L. Jackson for Columbia. He also recurred on CBS’ Hawaii Five-O and starred in Nat Geo’s Emmy-nominated telefilm SEAL Team Six. He’s repped by Primary Wave and Don Buchwald & Associates.
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