*Actor Craig Robinson is ready to set it off in a new gritty crime drama, which begins production sometime soon. Robinson is playing a much different role than he is used to playing in “Freaky Deaky,” a movie based on the crime novel put out by Elmore Leonard.

Robinson, who shares the limelight in the film with Matt Dillon and Brendan Fraser, plays ex-Black Panther Donnell Lewis, caught up in plotting scams with Fraser’s character, and is now working as a driver, nursemaid and would-be swindler. The film also stars Macy Gray

 The film is expected play along side the crime drama in that it takes a look at synopsis a vivid group of characters who are mainly veterans of 1960s.

Chris Mankowski (Dillon), 38-year-old Detroit police sergeant, newly transferred from the bomb squad to sex crimes; Skip Gibbs, now a movie dynamite expert; and others, including Greta Wyatt, stagenamed Ginger Jones, who meets Chris when she reports that she’s been assaulted.

When Chris pursues the investigation, he is suspended from the force because the suspect is a man with clout. Now determined to get to the bottom of things, Chris is caught up in a web of scams plotted by Skip and Donnell (Robinson) for starters.