Rapper Method Man has joined the cast of VH1’s original hip-hop film The breaks. Production is underway for a premiere in late fall.
Based on Dan Charnas’ non-fiction book The Big Payback: The History of Hip-Hop Business, The breaks tells the story of Nikki (Afton Williamson), David (David Call) and DeeVee (Mack Tristan Wilds), three friends united by their love of hip-hop as they work to make their mark in the music industry. The film is set in 1990 in New York City, where artists and music industry con artists cross paths in dance clubs and on street corners of the city still plagued by crime.
Method Man, replaced by CAA and Smart Girl Productions, plays Darryl Van Puten, Sr, the perpetually irritated father of DeeVee (Wilds). He’s a tough, tough man who isn’t impressed with DeeVee’s efforts to break into the music business. He thinks his son should be treated with tough love and give up this rap thing if he ever wants to get his life back in hand.
Seith Mann (Thread) writes, directs and produces executives, with Charnas and Maggie Malina also executive producers. Darren Goldberg will produce for Atlantic Pictures. The executive producers of VH1 are Susan Levison and Bill Flanagan. DJ Premier, multiple Grammy winner, will compose the score and serve as executive music producer.