A$AP Rocky will be making his acting debut in the independent film Dope, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this week. The A$AP Mob boss has a supporting role in the film about a group of nerdy teenagers growing up in The Bottoms, a crime and gang infested neighborhood in Inglewood, California.
Pretty Flacko helped his then-girlfriend Chanel Iman rehearse for her role before asking for a place in the film for himself. Director Rick Famuyiwa said he liked Rocky’s “natural charisma and ability” for the movie and gave him the part. Rocky stars as Dom, who’s a friend of the main character Malcolm. Played by Shameik Moore, Malcolm is a hip-hop geek who sets himself apart from the others his age.
“He isn’t a drug dealer or a gang banger,” Famuyiwa told Entertainment Weekly. “He’s into all types of music, and video games and computers. We’ve seen a lot of films about everything else in these neighborhoods—the crime, the athletes, the gangs—but you don’t see films about the regular kids who have to survive in these streets.”
The film also stars Forest Whitaker, “Workaholic” Blake Anderson, and Zoë Kravitz. Dope even features other special appearances from rappers like Tyga, Vince Staples and Casey Veggies. Pharrell Williams also contributed his songwriting talents for the film. He wrote three of the songs Malcolm and his garage band perform in the movie. He’s also signed on as a producer along with Forest Whitaker and Diddy. Be sure to catch Dope playing from Jan. 22nd to Feb. 1st.
Watch the trailer above.