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Pharrell Williams Pushes ‘Dope’ For Forest Whitaker Because It Makes Him ‘Happy’

By Tony Sokol | August 19, 2015 12:20 AM EDT

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Pharrell Williams, whose song "Happy" got stuck in everyone's ears universally, is releasing new music for the soundtrack of the upcoming movie "Dope."

The film, "Dope" is being dropped by Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa and written by Rick Famuyiwa, "Dope" is a coming-of-age comedy starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise, Chanel Iman, Keith Stanfield, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, A$AP Rocky.  

The movie features an old-school soundtrack plus four new original songs by Pharrell Williams. A$AP Rocky, Rick Fumuyiwa and others delve into the essential role old-school rap and punk rock tracks play in the film.

"Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is a straight-A high-school senior into old-school rap who finds himself in the middle of an adventure involving shady drug dealers, offbeat weirdos and a backpack that can make or break his chance of getting into Harvard. Also starring hip-hop talent A$AP Rocky, Blake Anderson ("Workaholics"), Zoë Kravitz (Divergent), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), rapper Tyga and supermodel Chanel Iman," reads the official synopsis.

Dope was nominated for the coveted Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

According to the critics, "the film is a fresh and funny foray into contemporary urban life." Rolling Stone

"Irresistible, freewheeling fun!" and Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast says is "Nothing short of intoxicating," reviewed Rolling Stone magazine. Dope is "vibrant and entertaining," according to Boyd van Hoeij of the Hollywood Reporter.

Dope debuts on Digital HD on September 29, 2015 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on October 13, 2015.

Tagged :  Pharrell Williams, Forest Whitaker, DOPE, A$AP Rocky

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