Lana Del Rey has announced that she is to star in her own short film called ‘Tropico’.
The singer used Twitter to break the news yesterday (July 27), writing: “TROPICO – a 30 minute film coming to a city near your. Premier dates coming soon. Lots of Love, Lana Del Rey.”
She also shared a poster for Tropico in which she is pictured cradling a snake.
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) July 27, 2013
The poster credits reveal that Del Rey’s co-star in ‘Tropico’ is Shaun Ross, the well-known albino model who’s also appeared in videos by Beyoncé (‘Party’) and Katy Perry (‘ET’). The credits list the director as Anthony Mandler, who previously worked with Del Rey on her ‘Ride’ video last year (2012).
Meanwhile, the film was “produced by” four music producers whom Del Rey worked with on last year’s ‘Paradise’ EP – Rick Rubin, Rick Nowels, Tim Larcombe and Dan Heath – which suggests that the film will feature music from the EP. The film is billed as “a tale of redemption told to the music of body electric God’s and monster’s bel air (sic)”, which seems to confirm this, as ‘Body Electric’, ‘Gods And Monsters’ and ‘Bel Air’ are all tracks from the EP.
Earlier this week (July 24), a Lana Del Rey song called ‘So Legit’ leaked which appears to have lyrics aimed at Lady Gaga. The song, which could be an old demo, perhaps even dating back to the time when Del Rey was recording under her real name Lizzy Grant, features lyrics including: “Stefani, you suck, I know you’re selling 20 million, Wish they could have seen you when we booed you off in Williamsburg”.