Anthony Anderson to Star in Netflix Film About the Chicago Rap Scene

Anthony Anderson will be play a leading role in "Beats," a Netflix film about the rap scene in the South Side of Chicago. Dreezy, Dave East, and Uzo Aduba, will also appear in the film.

Anthony Anderson will star in a new project coming to Netflix.

Deadline reports the Black-ish star just signed up to play a major role in Beats, a coming-of-age film about an up-and-coming Chicago rapper and a disgraced former music manager. Khalil Everage, who's a 17-year-old Chicago native, will make his feature debut as the young rhymer while Anderson will take on the role of the manager. The film will also feature both popular and underground Chicago artists including new, original songs from Young Chop. Another Chicago rapper, Dreezy, is set to co-star as well, alongside Uzo Aduba, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Paul Walter Hauser, and Dave East.

Chris Robinson, who directed ATL and The New Edition Story, will be behind the camera for Beats, which will follow Miles Orion Feldsott's original script. Feldscott is best known for his work on the Viola Davis–produced ABC series, American Koko, where he served as an executive producer and actor. This will also be his feature film debut as a writer.

Chicago is getting major love on the small screen lately. Lena Waithe debuted her series, The Chi, last year. The Showtime series, which follows the entangled lives of people from her hometown, was renewed for a second season earlier this year. As for Anderson, he'll have a busy year ahead of him. Black-ishwas renewed for a fifth season and he's slated to host the 2018 NBA Awards.

Beats is set to be released on the streaming platform in 2019.

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