The bright eyed blonde from Kentucky is one of the hottest hot-shot rappers in the game right now, and he’s about to hit the stage in front of a crowd of millions of fans.
And with that, he’s been given the chance to be the star of his own movie, Bright Eyes.
In case you’ve missed it, The L.A. Times broke the story last week about the movie, which is set to premiere on February 6th, and it’s going to star the 18-year-old as a young woman who’s struggling to get by after her mother leaves her.
But when she’s visited by her mother in her hometown of Kentucky, she learns that she’s a star in her own right, and that she might just be the one to bring her family together.
“I had a lot of people tell me that they wanted to see me play a character, and I said no,” she tells THR about the casting.
“And then when they asked me about it, I was like, ‘No.
No, no. No.
“I think people are kind of expecting me to be like the main character, which I am not,” she continues.
“I feel like it’s the first time in my life that I’m really in a movie where it’s a big deal that you can have a character that’s a celebrity and the people around you are going to want to meet them.
That’s really exciting.
I don’t know, I haven’t done that before.”
In the film, she will play a teenage girl who’s having a rough time, especially after her grandmother passes away.
She tries to connect with her aunt and her best friend, and even meets her best friends’ parents.
But what happens when a stranger asks the girl for her autograph?
She becomes a star!
“The idea was to take this girl and really take her to the next level, and really have her do a really good job, and to make sure that she has a story, that she is doing something that she loves,” says Jackson.
“It was very important to me that she had this story, and we were talking about it before we actually shot it, and she was like ‘I don’t think I’m good enough.
I want to be in a story.
I think I can do it.
“We talked about the concept of her being a star, but we also talked about how that might be really challenging and that we don’t want her to be just a star. “
She’s really a young person,” says co-director Michael Moore. “
We talked about the concept of her being a star, but we also talked about how that might be really challenging and that we don’t want her to be just a star.
She’s really a young person,” says co-director Michael Moore.
“So I think the idea of her in a real-life role, and her being somebody who was able to really shine and do something special, was really important to us.”
What makes this casting particularly exciting for the project is that it will be the first movie that Jackson has been cast in since his sophomore year of high school.
He was cast by the studio in 2013 as part of a four-picture deal that included the feature The Golden Years and the television movie A Hard Day’s Night, which starred Jennifer Garner and Tom Hanks.
While the project was ultimately scrapped, it was one of several collaborations between the pair that resulted in the two forming a friendship that would last through Jackson’s freshman year of college.
So while the character of Lamar Jackson might not be the most glamorous or well-known of roles in Hollywood right now (his real name is Tyler Jackson, but that’s the name of his family), the movie is definitely a step in the right direction for him.
And Jackson, who is a star himself, is thrilled to finally get to tell this story.
“I’ve been a part of some amazing stories, and this is one that I’ve always wanted to tell,” he says.
“When you’re a kid growing up in Kentucky and you’re surrounded by stars, it’s really cool.
And so to be able to be a part on this big stage, it will definitely be a very special experience.”
Bright Eyes is scheduled to debut on February 5th, 2019.
The LAC’s article can be read here.
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