Rapper Young Thug to make his acting debut in Amazon’s musical dance dramedy, Throw It Back. He will star opposite Shahadi Wright Joseph and Tiffany Haddish.
Shadae Lamar Smith will make his feature directorial debut with Throw It Back. He will direct based off a script he co-wrote with Rochée Jeffrey.
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Throw It Back follows Wytrell, a high school senior who has never stood out from the crowd. After a controversial superstar Miami rapper decides to feature the renowned dance team from her high school in his latest music video, it throws the school into chaos, and Wytrell battles for a spot on the squad and her final chance to be in the spotlight. The film is a dance-filled musical dramedy set to a soundtrack of southern hip hop and HBCU collegiate band rhythms.
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Haddish will produce the project it alongside Paul Feig. Thug will also serve as executive produce and supervise the soundtrack.
MadRiver and CAA Media Finance will be launching at the virtual Cannes market. Feigco Entertainment’s Paul Feig and Laura Fischer, Rochée Jeffrey, and She Ready Production’s Tiffany Haddish and Melanie Clark are producing. Feigco’s Lynne Hedvig is executive producing.
CAA Media Finance is repping domestic. Mad River is handling international sales.