Last week casting notices for the film adaptation of James Earl Hardy's novel B Boy Blues were announced. Auditions will begin to take place the first two weeks of April in New York and Los Angeles. I recently penned an article on the journey of B Boy Blues to the big screen for Clik Magazine, to be included in the next issue.
I wrestled with including my dream cast in the article and in the end I opted not to do so. But an e-mail from my friend Joseph with a list of his dream cast forced me to play casting director in my head all over again. Well since I believe that Joseph and I are on to something, I thought I would share our picks with you here.
Mitchell Crawford: African-American male early-late 20s. Middle class magazine writer who loves jazz music. Sweet, naive, hurt by love.
Joseph's pick is Daryl Stephens(Noah's Arc).I thought long and hard about this one and I have to agree, I think Daryl would make a great Mitchell.
Raheim: African -American male 18-early 20s, somewhat cocky thug but also sweet and romantic (homeboy with heart).
Lawd have mercy! Now this is going to be a hard role to cast. Joseph chose singer Tyrese...excuse me, Tyrese Gibson when he's acting. I managed to narrow it down to my top three.
Michael Jai White
Director Maurice Jamal promises that this film will have lots of "hot moments", I can only imagine.
Finally there's the character Gene, Mitchell's best friend. Joseph chose TC Carson(Living Single) and I chose Anthony Mackie.
On TC: Where in the hell has he been?
On Anthony : Did you see him giving it to Kerry Washington in She Hate Me? I think I'm gonna have to pop that movie in right now!
I know which ever direction Maurice goes in the casting is going to be flawless, the success of the film depends on it. Shooting is scheduled to start in early May in New York City. I'm sure this time next year we will have another great Black gay film to add to the small but growing collection.