The feature film Boogie, the directorial debut from author Eddie Huang, will feature a posthumous performance from the late Pop Smoke.
According to Deadline, the movie is set for a March 2021 release. Boogie is a coming-of-age film that centres on an aspiring basketball star, played by newcomer Taylor Takahashi, who dreams of playing in the NBA despite his parents’ disapproval.
In June, the New York Times reported that Pop would be playing the film’s antagonist who competes with Takahashi on the court. No other details about his role have been revealed yet.
Pop isn’t the only rapper to star in Boogie. Dave East also reportedly has a cameo in the film, per Complex. The cast is rounded out by a predominantly Asian line-up, which includes Singapore’s Pamelyn Chee, Perry Yung and Mike Moh of Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood fame.
Huang, whose memoir inspired the ABC hit series Fresh Off the Boat, had praised Pop’s acting. “You can tell he’s weathered, he’s an old soul. Within two takes, you could see the swag just come out of nowhere. He explodes on camera,” Huang recalled to the NYT. “I stopped the audition right there. He can turn emotions on a dime. … A lot of actors just don’t have the depth of emotion and experiences, but because of what Pop’s gone through, he has a tremendous well to draw from.”
Pop’s posthumous debut album, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, arrived in July this year. A deluxe version of the record was released just a few weeks after, and included collaborations with PnB Rock, Jamie Foxx, Fivio Foreign, Gunna and Young Thug.
The Brooklyn drill rapper was fatally shot in a home invasion this February. In July, four people were charged in the murder investigation, of which two could face the death penalty. Investigations are still ongoing.