Bow Wow joins Entourage

May 25, 2008 at 4:41 p.m. ET

Hip hop star Bow Wow is joining the cast of Entourage, according to HBO.

Is E ready for Bow Wow?Originally Shad Moss, then Lil' Bow Wow, now just Bow Wow, the actor-rapper said he will join the fifth season of the Emmy Award-winning show as Charlie, a stand-up comic client of E (played by Kevin Connelly).

"After 16 years in the music industry and six successful albums, I've decided to shift my energy to something else I'm passionate about, acting," he said. "I'm going to try to be the next Will Smith."

The rapper has already appeared in films including "Roll, Bounce" and "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," and on TV's "Ugly Betty," "Smallville" and "Moesha."

He will play opposite Forest Whitaker and Isaiah Washington in the sports drama "Patriots."

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