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Janet Jackson signs film production deal

Janet Jackson is pursuing her passion for the silver screen and has signed a film production deal with Lionsgate, reports. 

The star's last movie was the 2010 hit 'For Colored Girls' and she is now turning her hand to what goes on behind the scenes as she goes after a career as a producer. She told The Hollywood Reporter:

"Many people forget I started out as an actor,"

"I have been fortunate to work in the film industry, though not as much as I would like. I have a passion for storytelling, and have been doing it through my music for some time."

The Lionsgate president of motion picture development, Mike Paseornek, also issued a statement about Jackson's move into the film industry and explained:

"She is a powerful on-screen presence, with a vast audience, and we believe she will be an equally powerful presence behind the scenes,"  

"We are honored to be able to provide a home for her ideas, passion and immense talent."

No other information has been revealed about possible forthcoming projects as the 'Whoops Now' singer is currently on her Number Ones: Up Close and Personal world tour, but you can watch the opening minutes of her recent Chicago show here: