Hustle & Flow: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stax recording artist Isaac Hayes has joined the cast of Hustle & Flow, John Singleton's first independently financed and produced feature.

Based on a script by Southern filmmaker Craig Brewer, who also will direct, the $2.8 million film is set to start shooting early next month in Memphis.

The story centers on DJay (Terrence Howard), a thirtysomething Southern hip-hop artist and hustler who enlists a cross section of the local community to help him realize his dreams of making a record. When he hears that a superstar rapper (Ludacris) is coming to town, he gets ready for the hustle of his life.

Hayes plays the local club owner. Hayes joins a cast that includes Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning, DJ Qualls, Taraji Henson, Paula Parker, Elise Neal and rapper Ludacris as Skinny Black.

Brian B.