Cassavetes Helming Rick Ross Biopic

Nick Cassavetes (“The Notebook”) has signed on to direct a biopic about drug dealer Rick Ross reports Reuters.

Also known as “Freeway” Rick Ross, the film explores Ross’s masterminding of the crack cocaine trade from his base in Los Angeles during the early 1980s and his claims of being supplied by Nicaraguan Contras. He often moved 100 kilograms of cocaine a day from his base in South Central Los Angeles.

The film will also touch upon the Iran-Contra affair of the late 1980s when some government officials were convicted of secretly facilitating arms sales to Iran and funneling money to Nicaraguan Contras.

Cassavetes, who also penned the Johnny Depp-led biopic “Blow” about coke smuggler George Jung, compares this film to “Traffic” in tone. Though he signed months ago to the film, he’s only just agreed to direct it recently.

Cassavetes has finished a script and hopes to begin shooting this year depending upon financing. No actor has been signed to star though direct talks with Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg have taken place.