Percy Miller (aka Master P) will begin filming his biopic this summer with Queen Latifah and Wendell Pierce committed to be a part of the project, although in what capacity, the press release doesn't state. However, it was previously reported that they'd play the roles of Miller's parents in the film.
The film, which is titled "King of the South," will film primarily in New Orleans, ensuring an authentic feel and look. Keeping in the tradition of "Straight Outta Compton" (the N.W.A. story), "Notorious" (the story of Biggie Smalls), and Tupac's "All Eyez On Me," Miller's film promises that audiences will experience the actual neighborhoods Percy grew up in, from his local elementary schools, to the Calliope Projects. The story follows Miller from his very humble beginnings in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country, The Calliope Projects, to making it on the Forbes top one hundred list.
Master P changed the music game in the 90's with an eighty-twenty distribution deal with Priority records, the first of its kind, selling over one hundred million records independently, making No Limit one of the most successful Hip Hop labels to date.
"We have so much respect for what P has done in the game, we want to help make sure that his story is told authentically with A-list talent," says Shakim Compere, Latifah's partner in the press statement. "This is a great role for Queen Latifah, Master P had an amazing story and has broken a lot of barriers in hip-hop, paving the way for artists to make real money. 'King of the South' is a real rags to riches story where moviegoers will leave the theaters inspired."
"The timing is right for me to tell my story, it was tough back then especially being from the South, New Orleans was the murder capital at the time. I want others to learn from my mistakes and understand my work ethic of never giving up, no matter what it may look like," said Miller. "If you believe in yourself, keep your faith in God strong and stay close to your family, you can accomplish anything. Life is about choices, there's no limit to your success if you work hard. I would like to give New Orleans natives an opportunity to play major roles in this film, I want the movie to have an authentic feel. I believe there are so many talented actors and actresses that just need a shot."
CP3 Film Group begins open casting for New Orleans natives on Tuesday, April 4th at 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM in Gretna, Louisiana.
For additional information go to kingofthesouthmovie.com, which is where the above teaser poster and below teaser trailer, come from.