Fox Searchlight Pictures to Announce Open Casting Call for Role of Notorious B.I.G. for Upcoming Biopic

biggiechain.jpgFox Searchlight Pictures and the producers of an as of yet untitled biographical film about the life of the Notorious B.I.G. will hold an open casting call for the role of the slain MC. According to the Associated Press, actors and non-actors alike who resemble Biggie will be considered for the film, which has been in the works for seven years now. “As it relates to the individual Christopher Wallace – his looks, his stature, what he represented, the swagger, the sensibility of the man – all those elements are very difficult to find, no matter where you go,” Barrow told the AP on Thursday (August 9). “In the typical Hollywood world, no one came to mind outside of Forest Whitaker who could capture that essence genuinely.” Barrow added that the 47 year-old Whitaker was not seriously considered for the role because of his age.”There will only be one Christopher Wallace, but I’m happy that his legacy will open a door for another to walk through,” Big’s mom Voletta Wallace said in a statement to the Associated Press. “I don’t want you to just imitate him. I want to see his swagger, his style, his energy and smile come through.” Wallace and the rapper’s former managers, Mark Pitts and Wayne Barrow are producing the film.
According to Pitts, it will focus on “the humanity within Christopher himself.” Journalist Cheo Hodari Coker, who penned the biography Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G. wrote the film’s script along with writer Reggie Rock Bythewood. Despite ealier reports, Barrow also confirmed that Training Day director Antoine Fuqua will not be helming the project. Production is expected to begin this fall. Beginning on Sunday (August 12) at 3 a.m., anybody interested in trying out for the role can submit audition videos online at http://www.foxsearchlight.com/notorious and http://www.biggiecasting.com.

  • CA

    GUERILLA BLACK WILL FIT THE ROLE WELL A FOR THIS,HE LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE BIG AND HIS FROM COMPTON!

  • vick

    GOTA BE GUERILLA BLACK!!!

  • suckaniggadickmakeaniggarich

    yo BOL should audition!!!
    or that faggot DARK that comments on here…his mother looks like BIGGIE

  • Lady G (UK/NZ)

    I think we need someone anonymous. 1. so there are no preconceptions and 2. to let someone step up. the film doesn’t need a star to make it – BIG already made it; it’ll go through the roof.
    BIG forever baby!

  • DELINQ

    Maybe Kenan Thompson. Sounds crazy but Jamie Foxx was “Wanda” before he was “Ray”.

  • luc

    I mite try out to play biggie. I’m a small white kid I should fit the profile

  • St.

    Go get Gravy! plus he from brooklyn too.

  • fireforreal

    Gravvy should audition.He already thinks he’s biggie and this will be the only thing that will make people care about what he’s doing because he sucks monkey balls as an emcee.

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  • Trizzle

    Gurella Black popped up in my mind aswell. sounds and look like Big. By the way Luc I think u’d fit to playa lmao

  • Yo

    kenan thompson should play him

    or maybe don vito cuz hes fat and has a lazy eye

  • KENNY

    Gurella Black hands down!!!!!

  • DNERO718

    THIS IS A NO BRAINER..GIVE GUERILLA BLACK SOME ACTIN LESSONS AND U GOOD..THIS IS WAT HE WAS BORN TO DO..CAUSE WE ALL KNOW IT DAMN SURE ISN’T RAPPIN

  • BklynBandette

    Damn, How Cool Is This? For the first time I think we’re pretty much on 1 accord: GUERILLA BLACK!

  • render

    Sean Kingston’s been physically training for this role his whole life

  • Biggie

    IT HAS TO BE GUERILLA BLACK, NO DOUBT.

  • 8-TRACC

    How about that kid from the “Sky is the Limit” video???

  • guido

    for this film they r definitely gettin fredro starr from onyx to play tupac peep it from wikipedia it should be dope

  • Sanzi

    I hope not Guerilla Black is in it…

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    yeah G.B. definitely fits the bill. He’ll get a second chance to emulate Biggie…

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  • http://leemangena lee mangena zimbabwe

    how about another tupac movie to drop on the same day as piggies movie.nicolas cage could play him with a little bit of black skin make up.

  • http://leemangenayahoo.com lee mangena

    how about a tupac movie to drop on the same day as piggie’s.use nick cage to play pac,wit a little bit of black skin make up.on biggie look a likes try the dude in the tupac videos remember hit em up or 2 of america’s most wanted

  • http://leemangenayahoo.com lee mangena zimbabwe

    use the guy,tupac used on his diss records

  • redd

    Sean kingston=a young biggie.

  • Agee

    Sean Kingston….lol yeah right. Not Mr 74,000 copies.

  • Snakeyez

    Guerilla Black is the obvious choice for this movie and I’m not even hitting the theaters if he isn’t selected, I’ll cop the bootleg. He looks and sounds like him so what would the problem be? Acting? Shit he’s a rapper acting is second nature to rappers!

  • whogivesafuck?

    rotten refrigerator meat > naval lint > Bol

    Sean Kingston or Guerilla Black, hands down.

  • CO

    sean kingston or guerilla black….

    listen
    http://www.myspace.com/calicodeadlyalliance

  • A-WEST

    SEAN KINGSTON AS TENN BIGGIE, THEN HAVE GUERILLA BLACK AS GROWN BIGGIE, PLEASE FOX DO THIS, XXL TELL EM WUT I SAID

  • http://myspace.com/westerngoodz Conducta

    G. Black and he can spit, check out “Letter to B.I.G.” one of the realest songs in a while!! word up!

  • http://www.myspace.com/templeboi Allan

    ist forest whitaker the dude from the Hit em up video????