Looking for the right one to play Notorious B.I.G. on screen, producers of an upcoming biopic on the deceased rapper announced Thursday, August 9 that an open casting call is held for hopefuls out there to fill in the role.
Been in the works for nearly seven years, "Notorious", so the project is called, will look for its lead star by auditioning actors and non-actors alike who resemble the artist. Those wanting to take part are required to submit audition videos beginning 3 AM EDT Sunday, August 12 to either BiggieCasting.com or FoxSearchlight.com where any information about the flick can also be read.
B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, got shot to death at the age of twenty four on March 9, 1997 after a music-industry party in Los Angeles. Through his debut album "Ready to Die" in 1994, he became a central figure in East Coast hip-hop and increased New York's viability at a time when the genre was mostly dominated by West Coast artists.
Production on the movie is expected to be able to start this fall under the direction of "Soul Food" helmer George Tillman Jr. with B.I.G.ís mother Voletta Wallace producing alongside his two former managers, Wayne Barrow and Mark Pitts while Sean Combs aka P. Diddy is serving as executive producer.
"There will only be one Christopher Wallace, but I'm happy that his legacy will open a door for another to walk through," said Wallace in her statement on describing the qualities the producers are seeking in the audition. "I don't want you to just imitate him. I want to see his swagger, his style, his energy and smile come through."