Chance The Rapper Is Going to be in a Horror Film
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Chance the Rapper is going to be a horror movie. It’s called Slice and there’s a slick trailer out now that really doesn’t give much away at all. Take a look.
Yeah, so apart from some snazzy graphic design it’s really not too much actual film in there. Fortunately, we do know a little bit more about this Austin Vesely and Chance the Rapper collaboration.
When a pizza delivery driver is murdered on the job the search is on for someone to take the blame. Set in Kingfisher, a Twin Peaks inspired American city with a similar, off kilter tone. Chance the Rapper plays Dax Lycander, a moped riding werewolf in a place where supernatural elements are accepted as reality. Thanks to his spotted past, he becomes the prime suspect.
Production for Slice took place in Chicago back in 2016 and is directed by Austin Vesely, a long-time collaborator with Chance who shot the film clips for Angels , Sunday Candy, Brain Cells, Juice and 22 Offs.
Vesely, who has also worked with Apple Music and the Chicago White Sox, told Pigeons and Planes that Chance’s character, is based loosely on The Joker and Harry Lime from The Third Man. While there are supernatural and horror elements, Vesely also says there’s a comedic tone to the film.
"I studied Paul Thomas Anderson's movies to figure out how to balance multiple narratives. TV shows as well, like Twin Peaks, to discover how to establish a sense of place. I guess this movie is like Magnolia with ghosts. Just kidding. Kind of."
The director also tweeted shots of himself posing with cast members on Wednesday.
You might recognise a few familiar faces. Joe Keery a.k.a Steve Harrington from Stranger Things is also in the film, so is Zazie Beets of Atlanta fame and actor, writer and comedian Paul Scheer, who recently tweeted:
How will Chance fare in his first major role?
It’s not the first time Chance has tested his acting chops. The artist features in Mr Happy, a graphic short film about depression produced by Vice. Be warned, the video features adult themes including suicide.
For what it’s worth, Vesely also backs the rapper when it comes to acting, stating in the same interview. “I think his screen presence anywhere he goes speaks for itself.”
If you’re still not sold on this film it’s worth mentioning the production house behind it all is A24. That’s right, the folks that brought us Moonlight, The Disaster Artist and The Lobster.
While there’s still no clear release date, A24’s website tells us it will be sometime in 2018. Here’s hoping for an Australian release or at the very least digital streaming online. We’ll keep you updated as more info comes to light.
Slice hasn’t yet been rated so check classification