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Terrence Howard, Mike Epps and Paula Patton will share the screen together for the first time in the new crime thriller .38. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is a sort of End of Watch-meets-Crash, and follows a rookie cop in St. Louis, who, after witnessing a brutal murder, begins to see the bonds that bind cops together. Epps will play a seasoned cop with familial ties to a local gang leader. Howard will play a detective whose daughter goes missing, and Patton will play Epps’ partner.

Fans will finally get to see Epps flex his dramatic chops with this role. He recently wrapped shooting Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake opposite Bruce Willis. Meanwhile, Howard, who starred in 2004’s Oscar winner Crash, will get a break from portraying Lucious Lyon on Fox’s Empire. Patton will also do something grittier, aside from romantic comedies and action flicks, with this one.

The film is expected to begin shooting in May in Thomasville, Ga., and will be directed by Michael Carney.

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