Soulja Boy will be starring as Bishop, a character originated by late rapper Tupac, in a new mini-movie remake of Juice.
“Basically, it’s your boy Soulja and I’m Bishop in the streets, man. You know how the movie goes, but we’re flipping it and shooting in Atlanta. I want to show these people my acting side and me being creative—always giving them something new; that’s all,” Soulja told Vibe.
Soulja Boy recently released a Juice mixtape whose cover art mimics the original movie posters for Juice. The Juice mixtape will serve as the mini-movie’s soundtrack.
The flick may end up looking more like an extended music video than a feature film since Soulja has called on a music video director to put it all together.
“I got [the] same video director that shot ‘Crank That,’ ‘Kiss Me Thought the Phone,’ ‘Turn My Swag On’—my most successful videos,” he said.
There might be some familiar faces in the Soulja Boy remake.
“Cam’Ron reached out to get in the movie. Some of the original actors that were in the original reached out, too,” Soulja said. “You know the chubby one? He reached out. He actually wanted a part. I thought that was cool, so I told the director, Rage, to just go ahead and put him in the movie.”
Filming starts this month, but Soulja hasn’t announced a premiere date yet.
Although Soulja cast himself in Tupac’s role in this mini-movie, there’s still no word on who will portray the slain rapper in the upcoming Tupac biopic.
Hear Soulja Boy’s "Juice" here.
-Tracy L. Scott