Cordell Broadus wants his first feature-length film to be about his grandfather. A man who he calls “Frank Lucas, but on the West Coast;” a club owner with the Rolls Royces, the houses, and the mink coats to match. “In Long Beach, California, [my grandfather] was kind of like the town’s hero,” Cordell says. “Because he had all the money and connections.”

In Cordell’s mind, the movie would be from the perspective of his father at age 12. Instead of growing up to sell drugs like Cordell’s granddad did, this character would make money legally. Oh, and at the climax, “He ends up being one of the biggest entertainers in the world.”

“I feel like it's important for people to see where I come from, as well as the history of black males growing up,” Cordell explains. “It’s only right that I pay homage and create from that.”

For those familiar with his name, hearing Cordell Broadus speak about filmmaking may seem out of sorts. Most people know the 21-year-old as a D1 college football phenomenon, and/or the middle son of Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., a.k.a. Snoop Dogg.

But in 2016, the gridiron prodigy made headlines when he unexpectedly quit football. Rather than play wide receiver at UCLA on a full scholarship, he chose to pursue a film production degree and chase his creative passions. The decision wasn’t an easy one; his father’s drive for Cordell to find greatness on the field was so strong that it became the subject of a docuseries called Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream.