March 6, 2008 16:23

Rapper to play Notorious BIG in biopic

The lead role has been given to a non-actor

Rapper to play Notorious BIG in biopic
Jamal Woolard, a Brooklyn-based rapper, will play Biggie Smalls, aka Notorious BIG, in a forthcoming biopic about the late rapper.

Smalls was a huge star in the 90s, and died of gunshot wounds in Los Angeles in 1997. His killer has never been caught.

The biopic, which will be titled ‘Notorious’, is scheduled to be released in January 2009, with production beginning this month, reports Billboard.

Actors Derek Luke, Angela Bassett and Anthony Mackie have also landed roles in the film, playing P Diddy, Smalls’ mother and Tupac Shakur respectively.

Film executives auditioned over 100 rappers going for the part of Smalls before casting Woolard, who has no previous experience of acting. Bosses said they wanted an authentic rapper rather than an established actor to play the part.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Lil Wayne sued for allegedly not paying private jet fees
Plans in place for Johnny Cash's former home to become rehab centre
Apple and Beats close $3 billion deal
Foo Fighters set date for first episode of 'Sonic Highways' and new song debut
Slipknot unveil first new song in six years 'The Negative One'
Jake Bugg not a fan of Libertines reunion: 'Are they running out of money?'
The Script cite 'Mrs Brown's Boys' as influence on new album
Campaign to get Ozzy Osbourne knighted receives over 20,000 signatures
The Raveonettes announce European tour dates
Owner of Oasis-inspired kennel responds to Anaïs Gallagher's request to stop breeding dogs
Burial and The Bug contribute tracks to 'Hyperdub 10.3'
Ice Cube hints at possible NWA reunion following 'Straight Outta Compton' biopic
Jonny Greenwood's collaboration with Australian Chamber Orchestra to be revealed on European...
Jack White plays three-hour, 38-song homecoming gig in Detroit
Adele and One Direction ensure one in eight albums sold in 2013 was made by a British artist
Kings Of Leon pay thanks for 'shit free show' at scene of 2010 pigeon poo concert
Foo Fighters' London Olympic Park gig sells out
34 dead after stampede at rap gig in Guinea
The Killers tops poll of weirdest lyrics with 'Are we human? Or are we dancer?'
Kendrick Lamar-inspired film 'm.A.A.d' to premiere at Sundance event
Jackson family 'disappointed and saddened' following reports Neverland Ranch is to be sold
Hop Farm organiser Vince Power banned from staging live music events

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today