In the coming of age crime movie Dope, Shameik Moore of TV’s Incredible Crew stars as Malcolm Adekanbi, an ambitious high school senior struggling to survive his gang- and drug-infested neighborhood.
In this modern inspirational tale of self discovery, the geeky Malcolm dreams of escaping his tough neighborhood and making his way to Harvard. His senior year is filled with college applications, interviews and the SAT. But his promising future could get derailed when he’s invited to a big underground party. In the midst of a dicey situation, mistakes are made, but Malcolm uses his smarts to turn it into an opportunity to transform himself from a geek to being “dope,” and maybe discover who he really is in the process.
Co-starring is veteran actor Forest Whitaker, who was last seen in Taken 3. The cast also includes Zoe Kravitz (Divergent), Kimberly Elise (Grey’s Anatomy), Blake Anderson (Workaholics), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Kiersey Clemons, best known for the TV series Austin & Ally and currently Eye Candy.
In addition to his onscreen role in this feature, Whitaker co-produced the project via his Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions banner. Pharrell Williams is also among the producers. The film was written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa, who previously worked with Whitaker on the 2010 romantic comedy Our Family Wedding.
Dope, which made its world premire earlier this year at The Sundance Film Festival, is set to hit theaters nationwide on June 12.