From Dancing With the Stars to the big screen — such is the life for Chad Johnson (formerly known as Chad Ochocinco). The one-time NFL wide receiver has parlayed his many TV appearances into a role in the Miami-based film Overtown.

"This movie is homegrown," writer-director Cess Silvera told NBC Miami of the film, which also stars True Blood’s Kelly Overton. "It is about a few friends born and raised in Overtown” who get over their heads in a bad way.

The Overtown locals are reportedly thrilled to have Chad in their part of town. As extra Michelle Green said, “He is a very handsome guy and very cool.”

NBC Miami talked to Chad, himself, about this huge next step in his burgeoning career.

"(I was) putting my feet in the water while I was playing for 10, 11 years doing little appearances here in different movies, different sitcoms," he said. "And now it's time to focus on the next chapter in life."

Chad has had a terrible few years in the media and with regards to the legal system after he allegedly head-butted his then-wife, Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada, over a year ago. More recently, Chad tapped his attorney on the tush during legal proceedings and was reprimanded for that as well. We’ll see if he has better luck on a professional level with this new movie.

As he said in his interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts many months ago, “Everyone deserves a second chance.” Perhaps this is it.

Does he deserve it? Sound off below!

Source: NBC Miami