Notorious Video Clip

USA Today has an exclusive clip from Fox Searchlight’s upcoming Notorious B.I.G. biopic, Notorious. The clip features newcomer Jamal Woolard as Chris Wallace who proposes to Antonique Smith as Faith Evans, after knowing her for only nine days. Woolard says the central question of the movie is — is Biggie a “bad guy trying to be good, or a good guy trying to be bad?” Your thoughts in the comments below!

Notorious Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for Fox Searchlight’s Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious is exactly what you would expect. A lot of fast cuts to the old school music Biggie. Is there any chance this film might be good? Leave your comments below.

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Official Plot Synopsis
: Notorious tells the story of the life of rapper Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.  The film stars multiple award winner Angela Bassett as Christopher’s mother Voletta Wallace, Derek Luke as Sean Combs, Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur and introducing Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G.  After the overwhelming response to a year long aggressive and active worldwide search, Jamal Woolard, a Brooklyn native, was selected to portray the infamous rapper.  Notorious is directed by George Tillman Jr.

In just a few short years, The Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time.  B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility.  His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation.

Notorious hits theaters on January 16th 2009.


The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has a first look photo of Derek Luke as Sean “P-Diddy” Combs and Jamal Woolard as Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) in Fox Searchlight’s upcoming biopic Notorious, which hits theaters on January 16th 2009. Looks authentic enough to me, but will the movie be worth watching?

Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G.

As announced earlier this month, Jamal Woolard will star as the lead role in Notorious, a big screen adaptation of the life of rapper Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.

Fox Searchlight sent us a first look of Jamal as B.I.G., and I must admit, he looks pretty dead on.

Jamal’s casting isn’t without controversy. New York Times suggests that Jamal had this part in the bag even before Searchlight’s open casting call stunt last fall:

“Not part of the open call in New York in October, Mr. Woolard had been under consideration since November, and was quietly being groomed by the film’s director, George Tillman Jr., before being officially selected. “We set up a boot camp for three months just for him,” Mr. Tillman said from New York, where he is preparing to begin production with Robert Teitel, his partner in State Street Pictures.

Discuss: What do you think of Jamal Woolard as BIG?