Biggie Smalls from Toronto?

Toronto Rapper Gets Notorious?


The late, great rapper The Notorious B.I.G., from Toronto? Well, depending on the casting director from Fox Searchlight Pictures, that vision may just come true in the next few months.

As many of you are aware, the movie studio is holding open casting to find someone to fill the role of Biggie Smalls in the new biopic entitled Notorious, and has been soliciting auditions online as well as in special casting sessions in New York. This special New York Times video features interviews of some with the hopefuls that drove down to NYC in order to have their shot at fame, including one Jeffrey Kyei of Toronto, who is already one of the front-runners for the part.

Kyei may be a little small for the part, but his lyrical flow and swagger seem to hit the mark, according to a recent handicapping of the the hopefuls by New York Magazine's Vulture blog, who gives him the highest grade of all the would-be Biggies.

Kyei is a local musician and producer from Toronto who drove to New York with his manager in order for his shot to play B.I.G. in the upcoming biopic, and who chose to impress the casting director with his attitude rather than his physical resemblance.

We won't know if the movie version of Biggie will be from Toronto or not for another few months, but in the meantime, I found a bookie that's willing to put 15-2 odds on Kyei. Sounds like a pretty good bet to me.

(Photo: Biggie by Josh Gross.)


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Film

Handmaid's Tale writer reveals challenges of filming in Toronto during the pandemic

Dan Levy started a super Canadian new trend on SNL after hosting the show

Bachelor contestant from Toronto makes Canadian food look disgusting on national TV

Jason Momoa series See creates dystopian village set on Leslie Spit in Toronto

A Toronto studio once had to edit out a sudden snowstorm from The Umbrella Academy

Drive-in movie theatres across southern Ontario planning to open in 2 weeks

Toronto business is auctioning off set pieces from the hit Netflix show Tiny Pretty Things

Actor Elliot Page confirms that filming of The Umbrella Academy has begun in Toronto