It’s been almost 20 years and at least a ruined plate of spaghetti, since The liberation of 8 miles, but Eminem will finally get the chance to flex his acting chops once again. The rapper was cast to play Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe Jr. – the drug dealer turned FBI informant – in an upcoming drama for Starz called BMF sur la Black Mafia Family. Curtis « 50 cents » Jackson, who has enough some shows that tell the turbulent history of drug trafficking to his credit, is about to produce the new series.
BMF is inspired by real story of brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory. The couple grew up in the Detroit of the 1980s (which is, of course, Eminem’s hometown and the aforementioned 8 Mile Road home) and they enjoyed unparalleled success in the drug trade at the time. The Flenories became a bit like neighborhood celebrities and their stature and visibility soared once they started using the profits they made in the drug world to fund their hip hop businesses. Their foray into the music world was mostly just a way to launder the constant stream of money they received from cocaine sales, but that didn’t mean their BMF Entertainment wasn’t so successful. In its heyday, BMF Entertainment was promoter of hip hop acts including: Young Jeezy, Trina, Fabolous and E40.
In addition to Eminem, other cast members include: Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. (who is actually Big Meech’s son and will play his father on the show), Da’Vinchi, Russell Hornsby, Michole Briana White, Ajiona Alexus and Eric Kofi Abrefa. Snoop Dogg, La La Anthony, rapper Kash Doll and Serayah will also make appearances. 50 Cent is executive producer alongside Randy Huggins, Tasha Smith (who should also direct a few episodes), Terri Kopp, Anthony Wilson, and Anne Clément.