Biggie Smalls biopic casts lead

Rapper Jamal Woolard (a.k.a. Gravy, pictured) has landed the lead in the biopic Notorious, based on the life of rapper Notorious B.I.G., killed in 1997. Woolard won the role after a nationwide search that began online in August, and stars Angela Bassett, who plays Biggie’s mom, Voletta Wallace; Anthony Mackie (We Are Marshall), who’s been cast as Wallace’s rival Tupac Shakur; and Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) as Sean Combs. George Tillman Jr. (Men of Honor) will direct the Fox Searchlight film, which begins shooting March 24 in New York City. Woolard gained notoriety in 2006 when he was shot in the buttocks on his way to an interview at NYC radio station Hot 97. He finished the appearance before being taken to the hospital. Ouch.

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  • heiei

    I saw this guy a couple of weeks ago via webcam. I was contacted by him first on a celeb site called ‘Searching Millionaire DOTcom’! I also got several of his pix.

  • Anonymous

    I fail to see why these rappers are revered, worshiped, immortalized all the time. They’re put on the same kind of plane as Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, etc. Nobody seems to care that they were killed because they were involved in gangs and illegal activities. Plus, were they really that great as artists? I guess I have a hard time putting rap on the same level as actual music.

  • effiong

    well looks abit like the real thing but the question is this an he put himself in em big shoes?

  • Tiffany

    I’m happy for gravy he finally got a break…

  • Tiffany

    I’m happy for gravy he finally got a break…

  • smk

    Heiei, you obviously have never listened to Notorious. To disrespect arguably the best rapper of all time because of a lifestyle thats almost impossible to escape under the circumstances he was brought up in is just plain disresepectful. I think your also forgetting he was 24 when he was murdered, not exactly a senior citizen. He should be revered for the music he made, not for his lifestyle. You need to drop your ignorance and appreciate all forms of music.

  • Spooks NY

    I wonder what songs is gonna b in da movie

  • Carl

    Christopher Wallace went to PRIVATE SCHOOL as did TUPAC Shakur. These guys were great artists, and some of biggie’s street rhymes were better than what was on wax. Tupac was a great positive motivational public speaker, but to idealize them for their CHOSEN (not completely, but for the most part) involvement in THUG LIFE and involvement in crime is inacurate. It doesn’t show what intellegence they posessed. And that is a problem with the hip hop culture being ashamed of intellegence, as if it makes you soft/worthless/weak/unpopular/unsexy.
    Both were good kids who went “gangsta” because that’s were hip hop was hiding during that time.

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  • DW

    Hip-Hop (just like other music) tells a story! In fact Hip-Hop,Jazz,Rock,Country,Rap,Classical,Pop,R&B etc. are all the same! (YES all the same) You can have a guitar and a drum set to tell a story or you can just have a mic and a turntable….but either way you tell a story!! Music is an expression and it can/does reflect what is on the inside, what has happened to you and what you want to TEACH people. Just because you don’t agree with everything an artist does, doesn’t mean that their message isn’t powerful or that they don’t have anything to offer!! Just because a man’s pants is sagging and his music is different than what you’re use to…. doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a story or a brain intellegent enough to tell his story in the way that he chooses!!

  • DW

    Part 2>>I said all of that to say this…..To say that “I fail to see why these RAPPERS are revered, worshiped, immortalized all the time,” is saying “I fail to see why these rockstars,popstars,and singers are revered, worshiped, immortalized all the time” because they all tell stories also!! If you don’t relate to the hip-hop culture…..then DON’T talk about it just shut up and listen to what you can relate to!!! This world needs to be more open minded and not so traditional!!! Biggie Smalls had one major goal which is the goal of many young americans today as it was back then “I JUST WANT TO MAKE IT OUT!” and he told his story in the language that he knew (HIP-HOP) and made it out!!! Not saying he was perfect (because last I checked no one is) i’m just saying that he like all other artists was a human being loved my many and hated by just as many who loved him!! The next time you hear a Biggie Smalls song actually take time to listen and analyze it and see what you learn!!

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