Nothing says box office like a biopic about an underground rapper 98 percent of the country has never heard of. Which is obviously why Shia LaBeouf wants to follow blockbuster projects like Transformers and the upcoming Indiana Jones movie with a film about indie MC Cage. "It's kind of like how no matter what film De Niro was making, he was always ready to pull Raging Bull out of his back pocket. Cage is my Jake LaMotta," LaBeouf tells Spin. "I have been listening to Cage since I got into hip-hop when I was 12. I grew up on the West Coast listening to a lot of 2Pac and Eazy-E, so when I found out that Cage was white, it was incredible. I'd never heard anything like that."

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