by: Sammy Mink
Zoe Kravitz, Keith Stanfield, Kimberly Elise, A$AP Rocky and Tyga have all been cast in Rick Famuyiwa’s upcoming drama DOPE. The project follows Malcolm Adekanbi, a geek living in a drug infested, gang run ghetto part of Inglewood who gets caught in the crossfires of a drug buy gone bad and must use his wits to take a dicey situation and make it work in his favor. The new castmembers join Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, and Kiersey Clemons who have already been cast. Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi are producing the film, while Pharrell Williams will executive produce and contribute original music.
Kravitz is probably best known as the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, but she has made a name for herself in her own right after appearing in “No Reservations,” “X-Men: First Class,” and “Divergent,” where she plays Christina. More recently, Kravitz stars alongside Ethan Hawke and January Jones in Andrew Niccol’s thriller “Good Kill.” She has also been cast in the upcoming action/thriller “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Stanfield may not have many credits to his name now, but his upcoming projects are sure to get him some name recognition. After appearing in “The Purge: Anarchy,” Stanfield has nabbed roles in Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead,” Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” and biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” where he’ll play Snoop Dogg.
Elise is best known for her roles in “John Q,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” and “The Manchurian Candidate.” In addition to her role in this project, Elise has been cast in the drama “Back to School Mom” with Loretta Devine and Rick Fox.