Rapper Gravy (a.k.a. Jamal Woolard) has won the role of Notorious B.I.G. in the biopic Notorious
, based on the life of the slain rapper, reports EW.com. Woolard snagged the role after 7-month long nationwide search that began online. The flick also stars Angela Bassett, as Biggie's mom, Voletta Wallace; Anthony Mackie (We Are Marshall
), who's been cast as Wallace's rival Tupac Shakur; and Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher
) as Sean Combs. George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, Men of Honor
) will direct the Fox Searchlight film, which begins shooting March 24 in New York City. It's slated for a 2009 release. Gravy gained notoriety in 2006 when he was shot in the buttocks on his way to an interview at NYC radio station Hot 97. He finished the appearance before being taken to the hospital.
Did they make the right choice for Biggie?