Yasiin Bey Will Play Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk in Upcoming Biopic

Jazz legend Thelonious Monk will have his story brought to life by Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def). The musician and actor will portray Monk in an upcoming biopic from production company Jupiter Rising Film. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jupiter Rising heads Peter Lord Moreland and Alberto Marzan discussed their passion for the project and finding the right man […] The post Yasiin Bey Will Play Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk in Upcoming Biopic appeared first on /Film.

Yasiin Bey Will Play Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk in Upcoming Biopic

Jazz legend Thelonious Monk will have his story brought to life by Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def). The musician and actor will portray Monk in an upcoming biopic from production company Jupiter Rising Film. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jupiter Rising heads Peter Lord Moreland and Alberto Marzan discussed their passion for the project and finding the right man to play Monk.

Seeing the World Differently

Lord Moreland first became fascinated with Thelonious Monk when he watched Straight No Chaser, the 1988 documentary about the bebop pianist and composer. He researched the musician and started on a working script to document the life of one of jazz’s most recorded musicians.

“My entire life, I have been an artist, a person, and a thinker who seems to have an alternative view of creating, hearing, and seeing the world,” he told Rolling Stone. “There’s no greater personification of that than Thelonious.”

The film will center around Monk’s “struggles for musical success, mental illness, and the spiritual love triangle between his wife, Nellie, and one of the world’s richest women, Nica Rothschild.”

Finding the Man to Play Monk

Finding the right actor to play Monk would be a challenge, as the jazz musician was as eccentric as he was talented. When Bey was brought up as a possibility during a development meeting, the producers knew they had their man.

“When his name was brought up, there was a silence that I will never forget,” Marzan said.

“We all envisioned him. This needed to be somebody that understood Thelonious’ music on an intimate level. It needed to be someone who understood the life and challenges of being a musician, a black man in this universe. Yasiin has Thelonious’ morals and focus on what matters.”

This won’t be Bey’s first time playing a music legend. He also starred as “Johnny B. Goode” singer Chuck Berry in Cadillac Records in 2008. Lord Moreland and Marzan feel confident that Bey will bring an authenticity to the role. After all, more than just Monk’s style of playing the piano was unusual. He was an individualist who went against the grain, something Bey can likely identify with given his own unconventional career.

“The long journey to reach the spiritual place, vibration, and sensibilities of Monk — that it would take for just about any other actor we could think of to portray him — is not necessary for him,” Lord Moreland said of Bey. “He’s already there. His essence is in ‘that place.’”

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Everyone’s entitled to one good scare, but Halloween Ends could be Jamie Lee Curtis’ last. It may be hard to imagine folks getting sentimental over a franchise that begins with a young boy in a clown mask hacking his half-nude sister to death. But as horror fans creep closer to the fall release of Halloween […] The post Death Has Come to Your Little Sequels: Curtis Is Ready To Close The Book On Laurie Strode in ‘Halloween Ends’ appeared first on /Film.

Death Has Come to Your Little Sequels: Curtis Is Ready To Close The Book On Laurie Strode in ‘Halloween Ends’

Everyone’s entitled to one good scare, but Halloween Ends could be Jamie Lee Curtis’ last.

It may be hard to imagine folks getting sentimental over a franchise that begins with a young boy in a clown mask hacking his half-nude sister to death. But as horror fans creep closer to the fall release of Halloween Kills, many are looking back on the long and winding road to the latest bloody massacre in the small, perpetually-doomed town of Haddonfield, including its biggest star. Curtis reportedly told Total Film, “I would say, given what I know about the next movie, I think it will be the last time that I will play [Strode].”

The actress has battled Michael Myers in five films of the Halloween series, at one point succumbing to the slasher icon but getting saved by the retcon machine in 2018 with David Gordon Green’s Halloween (which has the same title as John Carpenter’s ’78 original but functions as its direct sequel). It was a Blumhouse banger, making millions upon its sub-twenty million dollar budget and got the audience seal of approval for the Boogeyman to continue slicing and dicing on the big screen. Halloween Kills, out in October after a slight delay, brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode along with her lead co-stars Judy Greer and Andi Matichak to reprise their original characters. James Jude Courtney also lumbers back onto the scene as the Samhain scourge himself.

Terror Train Pulling Into the Station

Could it mean the character might meet a grisly end? It’s happened before: Strode has met the ugly end of Michael’s blade before in Halloween: Resurrection, only for Green and co-writer Danny McBride to Etch-A-Sketch the whole brother-sister backstory business in the spirit of Carpenter’s more mysterious original. Curtis reassures Total Film, “…I’m not saying something like, ‘Oh, because I die!’ It’s nothing to do with that. I’m talking about emotionally what they have constructed. I think it will be a spectacular way to end this trilogy.”

It seems that the fictional Laurie Strode is ready to rest, as well. According to Green, the upcoming Halloween Kills will be focusing more on Laurie’s daughter Karen (played by Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Matichak); as the vigilant survivor spent most of Halloween’s runtime building Thunderdome in her house and then finally using it, the matriarch will be recovering and rehydrating this go-round. Let’s hope that Green will make Strode’s hospital stay more pleasant than Carpenter did.

Papa’s Got A Brand New Mask

In a major win for horror fans, Michael Myers graced the cover of Total Film Magazine sporting a freshly singed Shatner mask that The Shape caught on his way through Laurie’s house of horrors in 2018. His emphysema worsened as well: despite being blown to kingdom come by the women of Halloween ’18, Myers’ labored breathing can be heard at the film’s end, signaling a sequel. It seems that no one can stay dead in this genre, so there’s always a glimmer of hope for those unready to hear Strode’s swan song.

Halloween Kills will stalk into theaters on October 15, 2021, and the final chapter, Halloween Ends, will drop on October 14, 2022.

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