Ja Rule is on track for ''Fast and Furious 2.'' The rapper, a supporting player in the original, would have an expanded role in the street-race sequel

Ja Rule fans who wish they could have seen more of the rapper in his supporting role in ”The Fast and the Furious” may get their wish in the sequel. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he’s in talks to reprise his role as street racer Edwin, but with more screen time, when ”F&F 2” begins filming this fall in Miami.

A bigger role for the rumble-voiced rapper (real name: Jeffrey Atkins) could help make up for the absence of the similarly gruff-voiced Vin Diesel, who bowed out of the project. In the sequel, Paul Walker returns and goes undercover with Tyrese to bring down a drug trafficker. ”Shaft”’s John Singleton, who directed Tyrese in ”Baby Boy,” will direct ”F&F 2.”

Ja Rule, who next appears on screen opposite Steven Seagal in this winter’s ”Half Past Dead,” apparently feels his film career is hot enough to quit music altogether. ”I’m going to retire after two more albums,” he said at a press conference at the BET Awards in May. But at the same event, he cited Michael Jordan as an inspiration, so his talk of retirement may be no more credible than the basketball legend’s. Yesterday, he was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Video, for ”Always on Time,” his duet with Ashanti, and ”I’m Real,” his duet with Jennifer Lopez.

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