Fox Searchlight's Biggie biopic is set to cast an unknown as Notorious himself (though some knowns, like Beanie Sigel, tried out for the part!). They even got Biggie’s momma, Voletta Wallace, on board. I guess it would have been disrespectful not to.
…And it all started with an online casting call, complete with uploaded audition scenes and all. Some of them are crazy.
Three things go through my mind at this point:
- Online casting calls = HUGE. We will see more of this, mark my words.
- Can anyone really fill his shoes? This film could be one huge disaster!
- A guy from Boston was the first to arrive?! That’s utterly surprising considering Boston is the whitest white town in the whole wide world (which isn’t a bad thing… just…. umm, well, a different thing). I half expected Biggie from Boston to be a huge fedora-wearing Irish guy. But then I saw his photo (pictured). Anyway, go 'head Mr. Kenny Williams! Make Boston and B.I.G. proud!
Check the NY Times article.