The rapper, who hasn't done much in the movie world since breaking out as an actor in 2002 drama "8 Mile," collaborated with Shankar, Jill Hardin and longtime music manager Paul Rosenberg on the comedy directed by Joseph Kahn, the man responsible for famed music videos including Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" and Britney Spears' "Womanizer." His feature film credits include "Torque" and "Detention."
"Bodied," a comedy about underground battle rap, doesn't have a release date or distributor yet, but it will make its world premiere opening night at the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness on Sept. 7.
"So I'm proud to let you guys know that my friend, colleague, and mentor Joseph Kahn envisioned, executed, and has made the best battle rap movie since '8 mile,'" Shankar wrote on Facebook. "His film is smart and satirical as fuck. He made this film off the grid, its called 'Bodied,' and it's premiering opening night at Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness."
Actors in "Bodied" include Anthony Michael Hall, Debra Wilson, Jackie Long and Calum Worthy. Khan co-wrote the script with battle rapper Alex “Kid Twist” Larsen.
Shankar and Kahn have previously teamed up to make short film "Power/Rangers Unauthorized," another addition to Shankar's collection of online shorts dubbed his "Bootleg Universe." Outside of Shankar's online shorts and TV projects, including upcoming superhero satire "Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets," he produced movies "Dredd," "The Grey," "Lone Survivor," and "Killing Them Softly."
Watch the "Power/Rangers" short starring James Van Der Beek below.