Keke Palmer is set to star in the independent feature film Pimp alongside Edi Gathegi.  The film takes place in present day Bronx, and Palmer will star as female pimp, Wednesday, who hustles to find love and a way out of her neighborhood.  Gathegi will play a hard-core boxer-turned-pimp named Kenny Wayne.

Pimp revolves around the character Wednesday (Palmer), who is in a relationship with a woman that she has grown up with, and decides to be a pimp.  She soon realizes that in order for her and her girlfriend to obtain a better life, she has to make far more money than she is currently making.  With this in mind, Wednesday decides to steal a beautiful woman from a major pimp in the neighborhood, and winds up making more money than she anticipated.  She gets caught up in the “pimp life,” and decides to pimp her own girlfriend; however, problems arise when her girlfriend fails to make as much money as the other woman.

Palmer is known for being a method actor, and has already had a successful career in entertainment spanning over a decade.  She landed her first film role as Queen Latifah’s niece in Barbershop 2 at the age of nine, and became the star of her own Nickelodeon show, True Jackson at the age of 15.  Since then she has starred in films such as Akeelah and the Bee, Madea’s Family Reunion, and her recent projects include the independent film Brotherly Love, Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens, and Grease Live.  Palmer also recently signed a book deal for an inspirational memoir titled I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice.

“I want to be a part of my generation in a way where I am constantly reminding them of how possible it is to live our dreams.  It doesn’t mean that you have to be born with a charmed life, it means that it’s what YOU make of it.  After they know my “uncut” story, so to speak, I hope that they can see how many similarities we have.  Therefore, there’s nothing separating them from accomplishing their goals, just as I didn’t let anything stop me from accomplishing mine. It’s about the inner-hero we all have.” – Keke Palmer

Pimp was written and directed by Christine Crokos and was produced by Alexis Varouxakis.



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