Tyrese Gibson (L) and Jacob Lattimore in "Black Nativity"

Tyrese Gibson (L) and Jacob Lattimore in “Black Nativity”

*Yes, Tyrese has starred in some bona fide blockbusters – most notably the “Fast and Furious” and “Transformers” franchises.

But the singer from Los Angeles wants a role that will allow him to show people what he can really do…without being interrupted by a big-budget action sequence. Although he put in dramatic work in such films as “Four Brothers,” “Baby Boy” and “Waist Deep,” he believes that his effort in “Black Nativity” will finally put Hollywood casting directors on notice.

“This was a stage as an actor that I’ve never had an opportunity to perform on,” the 34-year-old crooner told us about his part in an ensemble cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Nas, Jacob Lattimore and Mary J. Blige.

In the film, a teen (Lattimore) is sent by his struggling mom (J-Hud) to stay with his estranged grandparents in Harlem. While there, he gets into some serious trouble – thanks in part to Tyrese’s shady character Tyson.

Below, Tyrese says he hopes the role will be his career game-changer.

“Black Nativity” is in theaters nationwide. Watch a trailer below.