Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, has been cast in the upcoming prequel tos 1997 crime flick ‘Jackie Brown.’ The Black Star rapper will play a younger version of Samual L. Jackson’s character Ordell Robbie, and star alongside John Hawkes who will recreate Ordell’s partner in crime Louis Gara, originally played by Robert De Niro.
The film takes place 15 years before Tarantino’s ‘Jackie Brown’ when Ordell and Louis team up to kidnap the wife of Mickey Dawson, a corrupt Detroit real estate mogul, so that they can ransom her off. Dawson isn’t willing to put up the money required to secure his wife’s release which forces the ex-cons to change their scheme, but they soon fall to the devices of the kidnapped housewife who uses them to exact revenge on her husband.
Dan Schechter wrote the script based on Elmore Leonard’s novel ‘Rum Punch’ without acquiring the rights ahead of time and only approached the crime fiction writer when he had a finished screenplay. Schechter’s efforts impressed both the novelist and his agent, Michael Siegel, enough that they signed on to produce the film.
The Gotham Group, which most recently produced the Taylor Lautner film ‘Abduction,’ will lend Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman to help produce the film alongside Leonard and Siegel, who previously worked on ‘Be Cool,’ and Jim Garavente will work as the flick’s executive producer.
Yasiin Bey recently logged some time on the small screen during the sixth season ofShowtime’s ‘Dexter,’ although he hasn’t appeared in a feature length movie since 2009 when he starred in ‘Next Day Air.’