Prior to his tragic death, 20-year-old Pop Smoke was gearing up for greatness – in music and beyond. The rapper even tried his hands at acting. Now Pop's film debut, Eddie Huang's Boogie, has gotten a release date.
Deadline reports that Huang's feature directorial debut is a coming-of-age story about Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. The film follows high school romance, on-court rivals, and the burden of parental expectation.
While Pop Smoke's role in the film isn't explicitly clear, it's speculated he plays the villain. Earlier this year, a video of the Brooklyn rapper's audition tape began to circulate with many fans praising him for his acting chops.
Speaking to the New York Times in June, Eddie Huang revealed that Pop was a natural in front of the camera. "He gave me a thousand percent. They were tough 16-hour days, overnights, and he shot five overnights in a row. Kids were coming on the bridge to watch us shoot the scenes. We would play Pop’s record," he said. "All our actors, the extras, the kids on the bridge watching us shoot scenes, everyone was doing the Woo dance. It was pretty special."
Boogie will release on March 5, 2021.