Rapper Headed To The B.I.G. Screen

(Reuters) Biggie is coming to the big screen. Fox Searchlight has hired Jamal Woolard, a Brooklyn-based rapper, to play late rap icon Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G., in its upcoming biopic "Notorious."

Derek Luke, Angela Bassett and Anthony Mackie also have been cast in the movie, the art-house studio said.

Directed by George Tillman Jr. ("Soul Food"), it goes into production this month and is set for release in January.
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