For those previously in the know of Pop Smoke’s posthumous acting debut, you’re wait is excitedly almost over. For those hearing about it for the first time, here’s what we know.
The first trailer for Eddie Huang’s coming of age film Boogie has officially been released. The Fresh Off the Boat author’s directorial debut finds Pop playing Monk, the basketball rival of main character, Alfred “Boogie” Chin, played by Taylor Takahashi.
In short, the film follows Boogie, a Chinese-American basketball player, as he struggles to balance his immigrant family's expectations and dreams of being an NBA player. Ultimately, Monk and Boogie cross paths, resulting in undeniable tension as the two battle to be the best.
Last June, Huang spoke with The New York Times about working with Pop. “A lot of actors just don’t have the depth of emotion and experiences, but because of what Pop’s gone through, he has a tremendous well to draw from,” he told the outlet. “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. All our actors, the extras, the kids on the bridge watching us shoot scenes, everyone was doing the Woo dance. It was pretty special.”
Filmed prior to the rapper’s death in February 2020. The movie is scheduled to be released next month, on March 5. Watch the Boogie trailer, soundtracked by Pop’s “Got It On Me,” below.
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