Pop Smoke fans finally get to catch a glimpse of his posthumous acting debut in the trailer of Eddie Huang’s upcoming film Boogie.
The nearly three-minute clip of Huang’s feature-film directorial debut, released Tuesday (Jan. 19), previews the coming-of-age story about a Chinese high-school basketball star named Alfred “Boogie” Chin (Taylor Takahashi) living in Queens, New York. He faces off-court challenges such as Asian cultural stereotypes and on-court rivals like Monk, who’s played by Pop, to achieve his dreams of playing in the NBA.
The late Brooklyn drill rapper’s song “Got It on Me” plays in the background of the trailer, which also boasts new music from him in the official Boogie soundtrack via Pop’s labels Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records. “Got It on Me” was previously featured on his posthumous album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and occupied the top spot for two non-consecutive weeks last year.
Pop Smoke (real name Bashar Barakah Jackson) was killed in a home-invasion robbery on Feb. 19. He was only 20.
Boogie will officially hit theaters on March 5, 2021, via Focus Features. In a New York Times feature recounting Pop’s last days, Huang spoke about the charisma he saw on camera and the “old soul” with a “voice of 50 Cent and Paul Mooney” that intrigued him about the star when he first auditioned.
“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 remembers. “All our actors, the extras, the kids on the bridge watching us shoot scenes, everyone was doing the Woo dance. It was pretty special.”
Watch the official trailer below.
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