Snoop Dogg rose to prominence in 1992 when he appeared on Dr. Dre’s debut solo single “Deep Cover,” as well as on Dre’s debut solo album, The Chronic. Since then, Snoop has sold more than 23 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide. After his stunning halftime performance at the 2022 Super Bowl, Snoop Dogg is now entering the sports world on the big screen.
According to Variety, the famous rapper will appear in Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s upcoming sports comedy “The Underdoggs.” He will also co-produce the film with “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris. “The Underdoggs,” which will be released in theatres on October 20, 2023, is described by the studio as “The Bad News Bears” in the world of youth football.
Snoop Dogg will portray Jaycen Jenning, aka “2Js,” a former NFL player who has a run-in with the law and ends up coaching youth football instead of going to prison in the hopes of reviving his career. Snoop Dogg emphasized its significance in a statement announcing the project.
“‘The Underdoggs’ is a real personal project for me considering that I’ve been coaching football for 15-plus years with the Snoop Youth Football League that I started with my long-time business partner Constance Schwartz-Morini.”
“Giving back to the community through football has taught us so many invaluable life lessons that we’ve been able to share with kids in similar situations like mine when I was growing up. My hope is that this movie will shed light on the realities that kids and adults face in the hood and within the complex world of football.”
Former Barris collaborators Danny Segal and Isaac Schamis penned the script, which is based on a pitch by Snoop Dogg and Schwartz-Morini. The film will be directed by Charles Stone. Snoop Dogg will produce the movie via his Death Row Pictures banner, with Barris and Mychelle Deschamps producing for Khalabo Ink Society, Schwartz-Morini producing through SMAC Entertainment, and Jonathan Glickman producing through Panoramic Media.
“Snoop’s longtime commitment to his community via his youth football league is hugely inspiring to all of us at MGM. We are thrilled to be working alongside this incredible creative team to bring this great comedy to moviegoing audiences, and to further MGM’s commitment to the theatrical exhibition when it hits theaters next October.”
“The Underdogg” is one of two projects in the works at MGM for Barris. The producer is also working on a Richard Pryor biopic with the company, which he will also direct. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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