As the countdown to Compton reaches peak levels with the anticipation building for the forthcoming NWA biopic, straight off the back will also see the U.K opening of DOPE.
At the end of the summer season we’ll be taken from the story of the 80’s historic Hip-Hop group NWA in ‘Straight Outta Compton’ to the story of a 90’s Hip-Hop geek in ‘Dope’. At least there’ll be some guaranteed California sunshine on our screens even if the British sunshine evades us.
While the lead character Malcolm is on a mission to go from Inglewood to Harvard, ‘Dope’ and its coming of age story has already generated a major buzz from its start at Sundance to subsequent premieres at Cannes, The Edinburgh Film Festival and The Los Angeles Film Festival. Dope’s modern-day telling may have been inspired by a classic genre of 90’s movies ‘Boyz In The Hood’, ‘Juice’ and ‘Menace to Society’ but is recreated instead in the new millennia through the eyes of a Black nerd.
Dope’s lead trio of characters, Malcolm, Diggy and Jib are played by Shameik Moore (Incredible Crew), Kiersey Clemons (Transparent), and Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and supported by a stellar cast which includes Kimberly Elise, A$AP Rocky, Blake Anderson, Keith Stanfield, Chanel Iman, Quincy Brown, and Zoë Kravitz. The ‘adults’ take on a role behind the scenes, where Forest Whitaker narrates the story and Pharrell adds production credits to the movie.
Dope opens in U.K cinemas on the 4th of September.