Anthony Anderson to Star in Netflix Drama About Chicago Rap Scene Featuring Uzo Aduba, Dreezy & Young Chop
by RK Jackson
Deadline is reporting the Black-ish star Anthony Anderson just signed up to play a major role in Netflix’s Beats, a coming-of-age film about an up-and-coming Chicago rapper and a disgraced former music manager. Anderson will play the manager to Khalil Everage, who’s a 17-year-old Chicago native, in his feature debut as the young rhymer. The film will feature both popular and underground Chicago artists including new, original songs from Young Chop. Another buzzing Chicago rapper, Dreezy, is set to co-star as well, alongside Uzo Aduba, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Paul Walter Hauser, and Dave East.
Chris Robinson, who directed the cult classic ATL and The New Edition Story for BET, will be behind the camera for Beats, which will follow Miles Orion Feldsott’s original script. Feldscott is best known for his work on the Viola Davis–produced ABC series, American Koko, where he served as an executive producer and actor. This will also be his feature film debut as a writer.