- 20 Jan 21
Director Eddie Huang said the rapper gave "a thousand per cent" during filming.
Pop Smoke will play Monk, the antagonist to Taylor Takahashi's Boogie, in Huang's upcoming film. The late New York rapper was killed in a shooting last February at 20 years old.
Smoke also stars opposite Taylour Paige in Boogie, which is described as "the coming-of-age story of Alfred ‘Boogie’ Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.”
Speaking about Pop’s acting debut, the film's director Eddie Huang said that the late rapper gave him “a thousand per cent” during filming.
“They were tough 16-hour days, overnights, and he shot five overnights in a row. Kids were coming on the bridge to watch us shoot the scenes. We would play Pop’s record,” Huang told The New York Times.
“All our actors, the extras, the kids on the bridge watching us shoot scenes, everyone was doing ‘The Woo’ dance. It was pretty special.”
Watch the trailer below.