The Outkast rapper plays a character named Tcherny in the indie movie.
According to Inverse, Denis revealed to those in attendance at the screening, which was at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, that her want to have 3000 in a movie stemmed from her appreciation of his music.
“I always liked André 3000,” the 72-year-old director said. “I always liked Outkast, and I had this idea, if one day I do a film in english and I can cast american people I would like to meet André Benjamin and ask him.”
The opportunity then presented itself in High Life, which Denis decided to film in English. However, upon trying to get in touch with the enigmatic rapper, the director was told she had to come to Atlanta by his agent, which she did.
“We went to Atlanta and we had a meeting in a restaurant and he was there, and Queen Latifah came to check on us,” Denis said. “And then, he said yes. I’m surprised because I didn’t think he would. His spirit was so easy.”
In High Life, 3000 plays Tcherny, who is a part of a group of death row inmates offered a chance to serve society through a series of interstellar experiments.
In related news, 3000 will be appearing on Anderson .Paak’s new album, Ventura.