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RAPPER GRAVY TO PLAY NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

 

Producers of the film "Notorious" have tapped rapper Gravy of mixtape fame to play Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace.

 

Fellow Brooklyn rapper Jamal Woolard — better known on the mixtape circuit as Gravy — landed the coveted role despite entertainers such as Beanie Sigel, West Coast rapper Guerilla Black and even Sean Kingston expressing an interest.   

 

"Finding B.I.G. was a task in itself, and I'm honored that so many young men came out to audition for the role," Voletta Wallace, Biggie's mother, said in a statement released Thursday (March 6). "However, it was Jamal's charming personality, warm spirit, wonderful sense of humor and beautiful smile that won my heart. He is a talented and charismatic actor, and I am excited that he will bring Christopher's character to the big screen."

 

Derek Luke will play Sean "Diddy" Combs, while Anthony Mackie has been cast as Tupac Shakur. Angela Bassett is set to appear as Mrs. Wallace. Former 3LW member Naturi Naughton has also been given an as-yet-unspecified role in the film, which begins filming in New York this month with director George Tillman and is slated for release January 16, 2009.

 



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