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Chance the Rapper developing musical set in Chicago

Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 11/15/2018, 10:45 a.m.
Rapper Chance the Rapper is reportedly working on a musical about some urban teenagers who turn art..

Rapper Chance the Rapper is reportedly working on a musical about some urban teenagers who turn art into community action, reports Rolling Stone. The rapper and activist is adding developing the new movie musical called “Hope” for MGM. The story is close to Chance’s heart as, according to the studio, it follows a group of teenagers who turn “art into [community] action.” Since Chance’s rise to prominence, he’s also turned his attention from music to politics and activism. Most recently, he teased a bid for the Chicago Mayor’s office before endorsing Amara Enyia. Chance’s longtime musical collaborator Nico Segal — formerly known as Donnie Trumpet — will handle the music for the film. Segal has worked with Chance for his entire career, and helmed Surf, The Social Experiment’s 2015 album that put Chance in a backseat role for a critically acclaimed full-length. Carlito Rodriguez, a writer for “Empire” and “The Leftovers,” will write the script. It’s unclear whether Chance’s role will extend to appear in the film. MGM did not immediately respond to a request for clarification on whether Chance’s involvement would be limited to staying behind the camera. Chance appeared in a film this year — he played a werewolf in “Slice,” a supernatural horror/comedy directed by Austin Vesely, another longtime Chicago collaborator, and released by A24. However, his experience on the film set did not seem to leave him wanting to appear in more movies. “I don’t like shooting movies, I don’t like being on a set or in a trailer,” he said in a Q&A at a “Slice” screening, according to IndieWire. “It’s very different from the way that I execute my music after it’s written. I think if I do end up doing any more cinema it will be probably be a long, long time from now.” “Hope” did not come with an expected release date, but it’s likely not a long, long time away. In the same Q&A, Chance suggested he might want to get involved in a more directorial role. “I do think what I really enjoy is the creative process,” he said. “I love how Austin made this vision so tangible and I would love to get into that side at some point, but yeah definitely not sitting in a fking trailer.”