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Chris Rock Reportedly Sets Up 'Finally Famous' To Star In & Direct + Casting Female Leads

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 28, 2013 4:50 PM
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It was just yesterday that Chris Rock not only teased a potential upcoming tour with Dave Chappelle, but also that he was going to be shooting a new film this spring.

He didn't say, or even hint at what the film could be; I did some speculating, saying that it could be the previously-announced feature documentary called Credit Is The Devil, which has been on his slate for a couple of years now or more. He's been talking about doing it since Good Hair was out.

But it looks like that won't be the film, because Showbiz 411 is reporting exclusively that they have a copy of a casting call for a project titled Finally Famous, which Rock penned the script for, and will also direct, with Scott Rudin producing (he also produced Chris Rock's Broadway debut, The Mother-F with the Hat).

Here's the project's synopsis:

ANDRE ALLEN is a comedian turned film star who, despite the expectations of his millions of fans, is determined to reinvent himself as a “serious” actor. Although his latest pretentiously historical film project is tanking, his upcoming television wedding to pretty, popular reality star, ERICA LONG, is the biggest media event of the year. In the midst of all the frenzy leading up to his televised nuptials, Andre agrees to be interviewed for the New Yorker by CHELSEA BROWN, a gorgeous but no-frills young woman with a sharp intelligence that matches his own. It’s a feisty, funny, no-holds-barred interaction that may well change the course of both their lives…

Showbizz411 says that the casting call is currently looking for Rock’s love interest (likely the Chelsea Brown character), who should be in her late 20s to early 30s. Hah! Isn't Chris pushing 50 years old right now? Come on Chris! No love for the 40+ year old black actress, huh?

Although the casting notice calls for an actress of "Any ethnicity," so she may not look like what you think she'd look like, if you catch my drift.

The same goes for the actress who'll be cast as Chris' soon-to-be wife, Erica Long, who's to be in her late 20s to 40 years old (obviously willing to go older for the woman he's about to marry), and also can be "Any ethnicity."

Who would cast in either role?

Here's the breakdown, including a part for a character named Silk, Andre's bodyguard whose ethnic make-up isn't much of a mystery:

[CHELSEA BROWN] Late 20s to early 30s, this attractive woman is “vintage, downtown N.Y.C. funky,” with a lacerating intelligence and humor that is disarming. Chelsea has been assigned to interview Andre Allen for a prestigious New York magazine, but she’s a journeyman journalist who makes her living writing for a variety of publications. Pregnant as a teen, and now a single mother, Chelsea has had a wild past, but is now in the “program” and hoping for a stable relationship with her current boyfriend. Chelsea’s initially fractious interaction with Andre soon flares into a passionate tryst. Any ethnicity…LEAD

[ERICA LONG] Late 20s to 40, she’s beautiful, glamorous and “expensive.” A popular reality TV star, she helped Andre get clean — and he’s forever grateful for her assistance. Erica is a camera-hungry celebrity who is completely comfortable in the spotlight. When she persuades Andre to get married on her show in the biggest media event of the year, her stardom is all set to go stratospheric. Any ethnicity…LEAD

[SILK] 30s, Andre’s “security guard-slash-assistant,” who is never far from Andre’s side. A burly, very big and imposing African American guy. A real character, he has a thing for big women…SUPPORTING LEAD

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  • Felizitas Cipolla | May 8, 2013 7:11 AMReply

    I'm interested in auditioning for Erica Long and Chelsea Brown.

  • jeni | March 1, 2013 5:29 PMReply

    Thinking outside of the box on Chelsea--Taraji P. Henson or Archie Panjabi
    Erica: It's a role Tasha Smith was born to play. She could totally improvise the whole crazy Bravo star persona. You could also go Meagan Good if you want the 2.0 version (pro-athlete hanger-on) of the reality TV wives.

  • Jahdai Pickett | March 1, 2013 3:16 AMReply

    My name is Jahdai Pickett, I am an Actor/Stand Up Comic who is 31 years of age. I am an African American male that stands 6'3 351lbs. I would appreciate the opportunity to audition for the role Silk in this new project. I would make a great fit for the character being that it seems to be parallel to my personality and life. If you could be so kind to respond with information on how to formally submit my resume/headshot for this project I would be grateful. Thank you so much in advance.

  • Aaron | March 1, 2013 8:18 AM

    You may have a better chance of hitting him up on Twitter.

  • Sarita | March 1, 2013 1:48 AMReply

    Chelsea Brown - Gabrielle Union, Zoe Saldana or Thandie Newton
    Erica Long - Megan Good, Paula Patton or Nene Leakes (lol)

  • Rel | February 28, 2013 11:17 PMReply

    Erica Long - Audra McDonald
    Chelsea Brown- Tracey Heggins/Solange

  • ALM | February 28, 2013 7:50 PMReply

    The love triangle aspect of this sounds a lot like "I Think I Love My Wife". They had Kerry Washington pushing up on him so hard and using the f- word so much that it made me uncomfortable.

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