Tuesday, September 16, 2014
You Guys, We're Getting a Hip Hop-Punk Coming of Age Story!
Just based off the description alone, I already have to see this movie--like, right this instant. Earlier today when I was browsing on Shadow and Act, I stumbled across this piece of news announcing that Dope, a new movie written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Our Family Wedding, Talk to Me), has begun principal photography. The film is about a trio of young friends who headline their own hip hop-punk band in Inglewood, California, as they struggle to avoid gangs, drugs and crime.
Oh, and they're geeks. Geeks of color at that.
Man, I am so glad that we are finally starting to see more representation of geeky women (and men) of color who up until recently have been virtually absent from media images. 2012 brought us the documentary A Band Called Death, which I had hoped would help usher in similar images on the big screen, but it's been slow coming.
At any rate, I can't begin to describe how excited I am to see this. Zoe Kravitz (who in real life fronts her own rock band), Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12) and Kimberly Elise (For Colored Girls) have been added to the cast--which means it should definitely be awesome, I assume they will play supporting characters in the film which will focus primarily on the relationship between the three-member band made of characters played by Shameik Moore (The Watsons Go to Birmingham), Kiersey Clemons (mostly known for a variety of TV shows) and Tony Revolori (the Guatemalan American actor who most recently starred alongside Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel).
Also attached to the film are Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams as producers (along with Whitaker's producing partner, Nina Yang Bongiovi). Williams will also provide original music for the movie. OMG if the soundtrack sounds anything like N.E.R.D. (Pharrell's former soul/alternative band), I will fall out because I miss that band so much.
I'll keep you updated about this project as I learn more. For now, I am just crossing my fingers that a) it will get a major release and 2) it will be good. The foundation is certainly there.