Though he’s spent years away from the spotlight, don’t get it twisted, André 3000 is still hard at work. The OutKast emcee, born André Benjamin, is slated to act in a forthcoming movie titled Showing Up.
According to Deadline, the film — written by director Kelly Reichardt and her longtime writing partner Jon Raymond — tells the story of an artist who, inspired by the “chaos of life,” creates art for what turns out to be “a career-changing exhibition.” Michelle Williams will play the role of the artist; the characters of André and fellow cast members Hong Chau, Judd Hirsch, Maryann Plunkett, John Magaro, Heather Lawless, Amanda Plummer, Larry Fessenden and James Le Gros, are not yet known.
Though André is highly lauded for his lyricism, which he’s displayed in OutKast and as a solo act, he is no stranger to acting. Over the years, the “Hey Ya!” star has appeared on both the small and big screen, starring in Four Brothers and the Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All Is by My Side, and featuring in TV shows “American Crime” and “Dispatches from Elsewhere.”
The Atlanta legend is a man of many other talents and skills. Many in New York have claimed to see the star playing his flute in the street. He also has experience with sketching, which led to the release of his merchandise back in February.
As REVOLT previously reported, André dropped a capsule of items in an attempt to retain control of an image he trademarked some time ago. Alongside a 4x6 print of the drawing, fans also had the option of purchasing long-sleeve and short-sleeve t-shirts, and hoodies, all of which were made with recycled materials.
A release date for Showing Up — which will be produced by Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani and Vincent Savino — hasn’t yet been announced.