Producers of Notorious B.I.G. Biopic Seek Unknown Star

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by | August 10, 2007 | Comments

Think you look like Christopher Wallace, A.K.A. the Notorious B.I.G.? Want to be a movie star? We’ve got the news you’ve been waiting for. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the producers of the upcoming Biggie biopic will fill the film’s lead role through an open casting call.

Translation: Starting this Sunday at 3 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, anyone and everyone who thinks they’re right for the part is encouraged to submit an audition video, via a process outlined at the link below. As the article quotes Notorious producer Wayne Barrow:

“As it relates to the individual Christopher Wallace — his looks, his stature, what he represented, the swagger, the sensibility of the man — all those elements are very difficult to find, no matter where you go,” Barrow said Thursday. “In the typical Hollywood world, no one came to mind outside of Forest Whitaker who could capture that essence genuinely.”

Whitaker does have the requisite laid-back charm, but as the article notes, he’s creeping up on 50 years old, and Wallace was only 24 when he was murdered in 1997. If a film about the rapper’s life is ever to be made — and this one has been gestating for the better part of a decade — casting an unknown might really be the only way to go. George Tillman, whose previous credits include Men of Honor and Soul Food, will direct.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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