Rapper Wiz Khalifa is set to resurrect his acting career by starring as Parliament frontman George Clinton in the upcoming biopic Spinning Gold. The movie, which is currently in the production stage, tells the story of Casablanca Records’ head Neil Bogart.
According to reports, the movie made several other cast additions besides Khalifa, including singer/songwriter Tayla Parx as Donna Summer and R&B star Ledisi as Gladys Knight.
Spinning Gold already stars Jeremy Jordan as Neil Bogart and has Bogart’s son Timothy Scott Bogart writing and directing. The biopic is in the making since 2011, and has seen several delays and cast changes since. At one point, Justin Timberlake and Samuel L. Jackson were attached but had to move on due to delays.
Bogart is considered an iconic record executive who had a lasting impact on music. He founded Casablanca Records in 1973, with the legendary rock group KISS being his first signing. The label later added more prominent music acts to its roster, including Donna Summer, Lipps, Inc., Parliament, Village People, and others.
Spinning Gold will be Wiz Khalifa’s first movie appearance since 2012’s Mac & Devin Go to High School. Khalifa worked more frequently on television, having a voice role on animated sitcom Duncanville and appearing in comedy Dickinson in recent years.