Nia Long is set to star in the Forest Whitaker produced biopic about the female hip hop trailblazer Roxanne Shante titled Roxanne Roxanne. The film is about the Roxanne hip-hop wars of the 1980s in New York that arose from a dispute over a failed appearance at a radio promotional show.
According to Essence, Roxanne Roxanne revolves around the story of Roxanne’s early beginnings in hip-hop as a 14-year-old MC who broke barriers in the world of hip-hop with the release of her “Roxanne’s Revenge” response record in reply to the UTFO single “Roxanne Roxanne,” in 1984. The film will chronicle the infamous Roxanne Hip-Hop Wars that spawned as a result of the track and take viewers back to the early days of hip-hop culture in the ’80s.
In addition to Long, the film will also feature actors portraying several other hip-hop icons including Nas, Biz Markie and Kurtis Blow. Michael Larnell will direct, and Whitaker will produce alongside Nina Yang Bongiovi, Mimi Valdés, and Erica Brady.
Long is a staple actress in the black television and film community, and earlier this year was celebrated at the UPTOWN Honors Hollywood pre-Oscar gala. Most of us grew up watching her perform in classic roles such as John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma’s House, Soul Food, and Boiler Room to name a few. In addition to her numerous roles in television and film, Long appeared in the video for Kanye West’s Touch the Sky, and directed Yolanda Adams’s music video for This Too Shall Pass. Most recently, she appeared in the Best Man Holiday, Keanu opposite Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and was recently in the short lived ABC television series Uncle Buck. Long has also joined the cast of Amazon’s Hand of God which is currently scheduled to return with it’s second season later this year.