06/17/1998 AT 12:00 AM EDT
It appears that Ricky Martin is headed to a movie screen near you. The recent PEOPLE cover boy, who turns 29 on Christmas Eve, has signed with Hollywood's United Talent Agency, which plans to develop the crooner's film and TV career, reports Variety. In a way, the move puts Martin right back where he started from, given that he was a veteran of some 30 TV commercials by the time he was 12. In 1994, he had a two-year stint playing the sexy bartender on the soap "General Hospital" and, in 1996, he made his Broadway debut as Marius in "Les Miserables." No specific new projects have been mentioned as of yet, though Ricky has long stated that he never intends to rest on his laurels (or the fact that's he's already sold 24 million albums worldwide). "I'm pretty much screwed," he told PEOPLE for its Nov. 24 cover story about his even trying to top himself. "What am I going to do next? Climb Everest?"