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Netflix shares trailer for forthcoming Roxanne Shanté biopic, 'Roxanne Roxanne'

The film is set to premiere on March 23.

Netflix is adding more hip-hop-leaning content to its streaming service, a move that is always welcome from fans.

Earlier Thursday (Feb. 22), the streaming giant shared a new trailer for their forthcoming biopic about hip-hop pioneer Roxanne Shanté, to be titled Roxanne Roxanne.

Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyong'o, and Danny Glover star in the trailer.

The biopic, which is directed by Michael Larnell and originally made its debut at the 2017 Sundance Festival, follows the 14-year-old MC (played by Chanté Adams) through her journey as a member of the Juice Crew hip-hop collective, documenting the hard-hitting realities she faced both in her personal life and in her come-up as an aspiring artist.

The film, which tapped Roxanne Shanté as one of its executive producers to help ensure its authenticity, also stars Nia Long, Mahershala Ali and Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) among others. Additionally, it was co-produced by Pharrell Williams, Mimi Valdes and Forest Whitaker.

During a conversation with Rolling Stone, Shanté revealed that Ali's role as her abusive significant other proved to be especially challenging for him, with the Oscar Award-winning actor confiding in her about the role's difficulty.

"Mahershala told me, 'This has been one of the most difficult parts I've ever had to play. I'm having a hard time sleeping because of what your character goes through because of me,'" she shared with the publication. "So how do I react to that? Do I say, 'Oh good, so that means you're feeling the part!' Or do I hug him? So what I wind up doing was just hugging him and saying, 'Well, you know what, it turned out good after all.'"

Take a look at the trailer for Roxanne Roxanne, which is set to premiere on Netflix on March 23, below.

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