Rap veteran Master P is moving forward with plans to turn his life story into a film, two years after casting Queen Latifah in the project.
The No Limit Records founder previously announced in 2015 he had co-written the biopic, titled King of the South, which would detail his journey from a life of poverty in New Orleans, Louisiana to becoming a successful music mogul.
At the time, he tapped Chicago star Latifah to play his mother, and now Master P has revealed the movie will finally begin production this summer (17), with The Wire’s Wendell Pierce also coming onboard the project.
“The timing is right for me to tell my story,” the hip-hop veteran shares in a statement. “It was tough back then especially being from the South, New Orleans was the murder capital at the time. I want others to learn from my mistakes and understand my work ethic of never giving up, no matter what it may look like. If you believe in yourself, keep your faith in God strong and stay close to your family, you can accomplish anything. Life is about choices, there’s no limit to your success if you work hard.”
Latifah’s production partner Shakim Compere adds, “We have so much respect for what P has done in the game, we want to help make sure that his story is told authentically with A-list talent.
“This is a great role for Queen Latifah. Master P had an amazing story and has broken a lot of barriers in hip-hop, paving the way for artists to make real money. King of the South is a real rags to riches story where moviegoers will leave the theaters inspired.”
According to XXLmag.com, Master P, real name Percy Miller, wants to include as many actors from his hometown in the film, and will be holding open auditions for New Orleans natives on 4 April (17) in Gretna, Louisiana.