Who would have ever figured Mos Def would one day become one of Hollywood’s more accomplished actors? Today it was announced in The Hollywood Reporter that Def, along with Hotel Rwanda star Sophie Okonedo, is in final negotiations to co-star in the indie period drama Stringbean and Marcus, which was written and will be directed by first-time feature helmer Tanya Hamilton.
THR describes the film as a picture taking place in 1978 and focuses on the broken love affair between two former Black Panther members (Mos Def and Okonedo) and is told through the eyes of an adolescent girl.
Shooting is scheduled to begin in July in Philadelphia. Mos Def and Okonedo, Costello said, have not yet signed, but “they’ve committed to the project” with contracts expected to be finalized by June.