One of the breakout hits at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the new coming-of-age film Dope. Director Rick Famuyiwa says the movie tells the story of a bright Inglewood, California teen nerd named Malcolm (Shameik Moore) who has aspirations of going to Harvard. By just watching the trailer you can tell the indie movie is going to have both ups and downs, but can’t really tell much about the deeper meaning of the movie heard to be about identity politics and police brutality.
All you view from the trailer is Malcolm and his two friends, introduced as all being nerds and in a punk band yet obsessed with 90s hip-hop, then being forced to get ride of some drugs before they’re dead meat. I’m sure the soundtrack to this film is going to be awesome knowing that Pharrell Williams helped out.
Alongside A$AP Rocky on the big screen, Vince Staples, Casey Veggies, Zoe Kravitz, Tyga, and Blake Anderson are all making appearances with some other big names. A$AP reportedly requested an audition after he helped his girlfriend Chanel Iman (who is also in the movie) run through her lines. Famuyiwa said that he loved A$AP’s “natural charisma and ability.”
We’ll see if the movie can create just as big a buzz outside of the Sundance festival when it hits theaters June 19th. For now you can check out the trailer below!