Yasin Bey, who previously operated under his stage name Mos Def, has been confirmed to play the role of revolutionary jazz musician Thelonius Monk.
Casting Announcement Comes Through Rolling stone. In a statement from the makers of the film, the film called, Theloniouswill focus on[Monk’s] Struggle for musical success, mental illness, and the spiritual love triangle between his wife, Nelly, and one of the world’s richest women, Nika Rothschild. “
Monk, the second most recorded jazz musician after Duke Ellington, was respected for his groundbreaking improvisational style. In 2006, the composer was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for “a body of distinguished and innovative musical composition that has had a significant and lasting impact on the development of jazz”.
He inspired the work of artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker.
in an emailed statement to Rolling stone, Bey described the monk as “a leader”. a god. A figure in space. A person from the community of devotion who leads a simple life away from society. “
Production of the film is scheduled to begin next summer. A director is yet to be confirmed for the film. Composer Peter Lord Moreland wrote the screenplay, and will spin out the film through his production company Jupiter Rising Film, which he co-founded with Alberto Marzan.
On Bey’s casting in the starring role, Marzon said: “When her name came up, there was a silence I’ll never forget. We all imagined her.”
The producer said that Bey “lives her life with a vibe that isn’t easily found in Hollywood, because that’s not Hollywood, point blank.”
He continued: “When he looked at me and said, ‘I am Thelonius,’ I knew we had found him.”
Bey recently premiered a song with Talib Kweli under her outfit Black Star. song is playing midnight miracle, a new podcast the two are hosting with rapper Dave Chappelle.