Published Jan 21, 2015Last year, A$AP Rocky had his meteoric rise examined with a documentary. His next film project, on the other hand, will see the hotshot rapper taking on an acting role. He, along with a few other rap artists, will appear in the forthcoming flick Dope.
In addition to Rocky, the cast includes Tyga, Vince Staples and Casey Veggies, plus Lenny Kravitz's daughter Zoë Kravitz along with Forest Whitaker, Tony Revolori and Blake Anderson. The comedic drama is about Malcolm, a geeky teen growing up in Los Angeles who gets sucked into a different world when he is invited to a drug dealer's party.
Rocky apparently got his supporting part thanks to his girlfriend Chanel Iman, who has a role in the flick, and director Rick Famuyiwa told Entertainment Weekly that the A$AP Mob rapper had "natural charisma and ability."
Additionally, Pharrell Williams serves as executive producer, and wrote four songs for lead character Malcolm's fictional band. Diddy and Whitaker also served as producers.
"It was exhilarating to sit there in the studio with Pharrell as he composed this music," Famuyiwa said. "I'd tell him about Malcolm and then he'd disappear to his magic lair, or wherever he goes, and then he'd have a song about it and it'd be amazing. I think he was key in helping me figure out who these kids are in this world."
The film will make its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24. Beyond that, it doesn't have a confirmed wide release date. Watch the trailer below.