Netflix has done a great job of championing the stories of hip-hop past and present with shows like Rapture and The Get Down. Now we can look forward to the streaming giant venturing into Chicago’s South Side scene with a new film and big names to boot.
In Netflix’s new movie Beats, described as an “urban coming-of-age drama,” a young musical prodigy with borderline agoraphobia meets a former music manager who fell from grace on Chicago’s South Side. They help each other heal from their past trauma by collaborating together. The movie will also include music from Chicago’s local music scene, including original music from Chicago rapper Young Chop.
Notable actors starring in Beats are Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Miles Ahead), Paul Walter Hauser (BlacKkKlansman), and rappers Dreezy and Dave East. Chris Robinson (The New Edition Story) is set to be the director and Anderson will executive produce alongside Carrie Holt de Lama, E. Brian Dobbins, and Mitch Smith.
While we might have to wait a minute for this film (it’s set for a 2019 release), we’re looking forward to checking out this one.