According to The Hollywood Reporter, Terrence Howard, the actor, who enjoyed a breakout year in 2005 with four notable film projects, has lined up two new features. First, he is in final negotiations to topline PDR, aka Philadelphia Department of Recreation, for Lionsgate Films. Penned by Michael Gozzard and Kevin M. Smith, the film chronicles the real-life story of Jim Ellis (Howard), who in the 1970s transformed a group of troubled inner-city kids into one of the best swim teams in the country.

The film, which is being shepherded at Lionsgate by Michael Paseornek, John Sacchi and Rebecca Green, is scheduled to start shooting in late April somewhere on the East Coast.

Secondly, the actor has joined Warner Bros. Pictures' August Rush, starring Robin Williams, Freddie Highmore, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Keri Russell.