The duo will head to the 1930s…
OUTKAST have revealed details of their upcoming movie musical.
Universal Pictures have bought the worldwide rights to the project, which is set in a 1930’s speakeasy, and follows two characters -Percival, the club’s piano player played by Andre 3000, and Rooster, the club’s lead performer and manager, played by Big Boi.
OutKast’s longtime music video collaborator Bryan Barber is set to make his feature film directing debut with the movie – produced by HBO Films – and has been working on his own screenplay.
The project was formerly to be called ’My Life In Idlewild’.
Also set to star in the cast are Ving Rhames, Terence Howard, Faizon Love, Patti LaBelle, [a][/a] and Cicely Tyson.
According to Reuters, HBO Films president Colin Callender said: “This is not just another musical that happens to be starring OutKast and happens to be directed by Bryan Barber.”
He added: “It’s more akin to a ‘Purple Rain’ or ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. It’s very much a collaboration of Andre and Big Boi and Bryan Barber, and grew out of their musical and cinematic explorations. It’s not like we found a musical and said, ‘Let’s go cast OutKast, and maybe Bryan Barber might be interested in directing it.’ What we were really doing was giving OutKast and Bryan a platform to creatively invent their own musical.”
The movie is set to feature new material from OutKast ’s next album – a soundtrack available through LaFace/Zomba Label Group next year.
The film is also due to be distributed in 2006.