Zoë Kravitz, Keith Stanfield, Kimberly Elise, rap stars A$AP Rocky and Tyga all appear in the new feature film by Rick Famuyiwa (“The Wood,” “Brown Sugar,” “Our Family Wedding”), titled “Dope,” which is described as a coming of age story about geeks growing up in Inglewood, California, trying to avoid gangs, drugs, and crime.
Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons, the film follows a trio of best friends who are also in their own hip hop – punk band.
Further, from the official synopsis: “Malcolm is a high school geek with a high-top fade, carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. He and his fellow outcasts share a voracious appreciation for all things ’90s hip-hop, opting to sport Cross-Colours and Z. Cavariccis at the risk of being clowned at school. He dreams of attending Harvard, but first he has to make it home every day. When a drug dealer takes a shine to Malcolm and invites him to his birthday party, Malcolm’s crew is swirled into a hilarious blender of offbeat characters and bad choices where redemption can only be found in Bitcoin.”
Significant Productions’ Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi (“Fruitvale Station”) are producing the film, which will feature original music by Pharrell Williams.
The film will make its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival this week.
Famuyiwa, who made his mark with the 1999 dramedy, “The Wood” (although it wasn’t his first film), also helmed 2002’s “Brown Sugar,” and co-wrote the screenplay for Kasi Lemmons’ “Talk To Me” in 2007.
A first trailer for “Dope” has surfaced and is embedded below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly: