Tillman Jr Directs B.I.G. Biopic

George Tillman Jr. (“Men of Honor,” “Soul Food”) will direct and Sean “Diddy” Combs will executive produce a biopic of hip-hip artist Notorious B.I.G. for Fox Searchlight reports Variety.

Cheo Hodari Coker and Reggie Rock Bythewood penned the script about the hip-hop artist, also known as Biggie Smalls but whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was a major figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene before being killed in 1995 in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.

The film will focus on the Wallace not seen in public life. Fox Searchlight commenced a nationwide casting call Sunday, with anyone resembling the slain rapper encouraged to submit a tape whether an actor or not.