Rapper YG has joined the cast of the upcoming race drama, Tuscaloosa. The indie film also stars Natalia Dyer, Devon Bostick, Tate Donovan and Marchánt Davis.
It’ll be based on the W. Glasgow Phillips novel of the same name. Phillip Harder is the director and screenwriter.
Here’s the official description, per Deadline, who first reported the news: The coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1972 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It follows Billy Mitchell, a disaffected son of Tuscaloosa’s white middle class who must choose a path forward as ties of family, class, race and love make competing claims on his loyalty. His journey out of passivity comes that summer, by which time the violent racism of Tuscaloosa’s 1964 “Bloody Tuesday” seemed like a historical artifact. As long as his world is limited to lighting up a joint, mowing the lawn at the mental hospital run by his father, and swinging by his black friend Nigel’s barbecue stand, Billy can shut out the full cruelty inflicted by his town’s power imbalances. But when he falls in love with Virginia, a captivating patient at the hospital, he finds the boundary he’s drawn between the injustices he’ll fight and the ones he’s willing to ignore won’t be respected by the agents of oppression.
The rapper, whose real name is Keenon Jackson, made his major film debut in a pretty sizable role opposite Matthew McConaughey and Brian Tyree Henry in White Boy Rick.
No word on a timetable for Tuscaloosa, which has been in development sine 2017.