Chance the Rapper to play a werewolf in upcoming film 'Slice'
The film is directed by Austin Vesely and stars Zazie Beets, Paul Scheer, Rae Gray, and Joe Keery along with Chance
Chance the Rapper is set to make his big-screen debut in A24's 'Slice' — the story of a ghost, a werewolf, and a pretty crappy pizza place. The film is directed by Austin Vesely and stars Zazie Beets, Paul Scheer, Rae Gray, and Joe Keery along with Chance. The plot revolves around a spooky small town where things go south when a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job. Two daring survivors (Atlanta's Zazie Beetz and Chance the Rapper) set out to catch the culprits behind the cryptic crime spree. 'Slice' is Austin Vesely's first feature film after helming music videos for Chance's 'Sunday Candy' and 'Angels.'
Watch the trailer below.
Chance announced the project in 2015. At the time, Austin had said, "'Slice' was originally a short film I wrote, which was probably about three years ago. Being friends and colleagues with Chance the Rapper was cool because he’s interested in movies too. He basically told me that, when the time comes, I could make something, he’d be there for me. So I wrote a role for him in the piece. While he wasn’t involved in the writing up to this point, I told him what the general idea of the role I had for him was, and he was cool with that. When we get more into production, we’re going to tailor the role more to his voice and his humor. "
Austin also said that he was inspired by George Saunders called 'CivilWarLand In Bad Decline' when he was writing 'Slice'. "George Saunders is always really good about this: He puts you into a world and he doesn’t explain the rules to you, so you figure it out as you go. So he created this world [with] ghosts that just existed and were part of the fabric of the universe. That was really a big inspiration to me to make a movie [that] would also do that. I also did the exact same thing; I have ghosts in this movie and they’re basically part of the fabric of the government, of the town the film takes place in."
In the interview, he also gives us a sneak peek into what Chance's role would be. "He is actually a werewolf who is a former Chinese food delivery driver. Basically, these murders start happening and they hearken back to an incident that happened with him years before, and they arouse the town’s suspicions."