Impact: P. Diddy & Voletta Are Coming To The B-I-G Screen
Monday, Apr 4, 2005 12:00AM
P. Diddy, Voletta Wallace and Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua are working together to bring rap icon Biggie Smalls to a theater near you.
The three, along with Big's manager Wayne Barrow and partner Mark Pitts have recruited popular Hip-Hop journalist Cheo Hodari Coker to write the film's screenplay. Coker penned the tell-all biography, Unbelievable: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.
The movie will not be a documentary like Tupac: Resurrection, but will focus on the persona behind the rapper. It will give fans a glimpse at the things Biggie enjoyed. The script is expected to be completed by the summer of '05 and while production will begin by February 2006.
However, the crew seems to be stumped over who to get to play the role of Big. "It's going to be challenging to cast a B.I.G.," states Barrow. "We've thrown a few names around, like Big O [actor Waverly W. Alford II] from 8 Mile. Maybe Anthony Anderson...because he has the humor. A few people said Guerilla Black, but we don't know how that's going to play out."
Other artists that will be portrayed in the film include Lil' Kim, Faith Evans, and Junior M.A.F.I.A..