Eddie Huang’s directorial debut is set to premiere in March and the trailer features Pop Smoke as the coming-of-age story’s antagonist.
Taylor Takahashi stars as the main character, Alfred “Boogie” Chin, who is an Asian-American who has a passion for basketball and is determined to make his mark in a predominantly Black sport.
The movie was filmed before the late rapper’s fatal shooting on February 19, 2020.
“A lot of actors just don’t have the depth of emotion and experiences, but because of what Pop’s gone through, he has a tremendous well to draw from,” Huang told The New York Times in June. “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. All our actors, the extras, the kids on the bridge watching us shoot scenes, everyone was doing the Woo dance. It was pretty special.”
The trailer is soundtracked by Pop Smoke’s “Got It On Me” which is featured on his record-breaking posthumous debut album, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon.
Pop is missed dearly and this upcoming flick is a testament of the star he was destined to be. Nevertheless, the smoke will never clear.
Watch the trailer for Boogie below: