The Taylor Gang rapper is set to star as the Parliament-Funkadelic legend in a biopic centered around 1970s Casablanca Records chief Neil Bogart, who will be played by Jeremy Jordan. A film years in the making, Samuel L. Jackson was previously on board to play Wiz Khalifa’s role in June 2019, with Justin Timberlake also attached to play Bogart as far back as 2011.
Production has started in New Jersey, with co-stars including Tayla Parx as Donna Summer, Ledisi as Gladys Knight and Jason Derulo as Ron Isley of The Isley Brothers. Jay Pharoah, Pink Sweat$, Michelle Monaghan, Jason Isaacs, Lyndsy Fonseca and many others are also among the cast members.
The story is in safe hands with Neil Bogart’s son, Timothy Scott Bogart, writing and directing the movie.
The soundtrack is set to include new versions of music from Parliament, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight, Bill Withers, Village People and the Edwin Hawkins Singers, with Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo, Pink Sweat$ and Tayla Parx among those set to perform.
“Spinning Gold is about a group of people who, once upon a time, lived a fairytale and made their dreams come true, all set to some of the greatest music ever pressed in vinyl,” Timothy Scott Bogart said. “Bringing these dreamers and artists to life has been the privilege of my life. For a film about one of the greatest salesmen in the entrainment business, I am thrilled to be working with Christian, Marc and the entire team of Capstone to share this timeless story to audiences and music lovers around the world.”
Wiz Khalifa is currently part of the voice cast for Fox’s animated series Duncanville alongside Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones and Ty Burrell, with the first season airing in 2020 and since being renewed for two more seasons. He previously starred in stoner film Mac & Devin Go to High School alongside Snoop Dogg in 2012.
“I like being a novice at things, and learning on the job and getting better,” Wiz told NBC about his acting skills in 2011. “I would rate myself as like, a six. But you know, that’s just me being insecure — I had people tellin’ me I was a natural.”