Earlier this summer, word arrived that Chance The Rapper would star in Slice, a new “murder mystery film” centered around the life (and death) of a pizza delivery driver. Chicago-based filmmaker Austin Vesely was announced as its director, but additional details were scarcer than pepperoni slices at a boutique all-vegan pizzeria. However, fresh-tossed info on Slice has just arrived, thanks to a new interview Vesely gave to The Fader, one which sheds light on the extent of Chance role, the film’s plot and what sort of new music might be coming along with it.
Set in a Middle America town where the supernatural seems downright ordinary, Slice centers around a set of notes that Vesley scribbled down one drunken night. “‘Person orders pizza to houses. Kills the driver.’ I thought it was a weird idea for a short horror film, so I wrote it as that in different versions and then wanted to see if I could adapt it to a TV show and then I finally decided to adapt it into a feature,” he told Fader. Vesley reportedly had had Chance in mind for the film’s lead role for quite some time; the two met in the summer of 2011 and collaborated to make Chance’s first video. Both Chance and fellow Chicago MC Vic Mensa are dear friends of the director, and Vesley expressed his hopes of getting Mensa and even Hannibal Buress involved in the new film.
Most exciting, though, is Vesley’s dropped hints about the film’s soundtrack, which will very likely feature new music from Chance The Rapper in some form or another. “I’ve talked to him about doing it,” Vesley said. “I know it’s something he’s interested in and there’s great potential for that. I want to get all my Chicago music friends involved with that.”
Read the full interview, and learn a lot more about Slice, over at FADER.