Hype Williams Says He Considered Jay-Z for a Leading Role in "Belly"
Jay-Z could’ve had a starring role in Belly.
During a panel at ComplexCon over the weekend, legendary director Hype Williams reconnected with Nas and T-Boz for the 20-year anniversary of Belly.
“Everybody pressed for it to be Hov,” Hype said during the interview. “But at the time, Hove didn’t pop yet. He wasn’t Jay-Z.” He continued, “We were working with Def Jam and it was logical for it to be him.”
At one point, Hype also announced that there will be a re-release of the Belly soundtrack with new songs ahead of the film’s theatrical re-release in 2019.
Check out some clips of the moment below.
1998 JAY-Z & Nas as co-stars would've been something
Hype Williams says JAY-Z was considered to play Tommy 'Buns' Bundy in "Belly"#ComplexCon
— JAY-Z Daily (@JAY_Z_Daily) November 5, 2018
it was a dream to bring together Belly cast @Nas @TheRealTBOZ & director @HypeWilliams on their 20th anniversary, sharing stories and some surprise announcements #ComplexConversations #ComplexCon pic.twitter.com/9VMnTcy9Gy
— Mark Sperling (@Marksperl) November 5, 2018