Freddie Gibbs will be making his feature film acting debut later this year.
Freddie Gibbs will be making his feature film acting debut in the lead role of a movie called Down with the King.
In a report from Complex, Gibbs will portray Mercury Maxwell, a rapper who goes by the name Money Merc. Although Merc wants to leave hip-hop, his manager wants him to record a new album, and sends him to a house in Berkshire, Massachusetts, in the process.
Instead, Merc befriends a neighbor who’s a farmer, leading the rapper to announce his retirement as he focuses on being a farmer. Along with acting in the movie, Gibbs wrote and performed original music for it, too. The film is directed and written by Diego Ongaro, and will also star Jamie Neumann (Lovecraft Country), David Krumholtz (The Deuce), Sharon Washington (Joker), and Bob Tarasuk (Bob and the Trees).
“My primary desire with Down with the King is to collide two unlikely worlds: rap and farming, and to share the improbable story of a rap star who falls in love with the countryside and the refuge that it offers him from his own reality and fame,” Ongaro told Complex. “Many films that feature the hip-hop community tell underdog ‘success stories,’ whereas Down with the King does the contrary. Mercury is at the top of the hip-hop world but desperately seeks a simpler life.”
Ongaro also spoke on how Gibbs helped build the character of Mercury Maxwell, adding:
Freddie Gibbs and I worked intimately together to craft Mercury’s character and backstory; some of it pulled from Freddie’s experiences and values, much of it invented. It was an absolute thrill working with someone as sharp and multi-talented as Freddie in this collaborative way.
Down with the King has not official release date yet, but it expected to premiere at film festivals later this year.