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Reported by Kacie Whaley
Romeo Miller has officially evolved from simply being known as Master P’s son “Lil’ Romeo,” who had a couple of radio hits and a TV show back in the day. Today, he’s a handsome young man who goes by his government name and is delving even deeper into the acting world. Miller has signed on to play the lead role in Chocolate City, an indie film written and directed by Jean Claude LaMarre.
The film— which also stars For Better or Worse’s Michael Jai White and model Tyson Beckford— is aiming to be a more racially diverse version of the box office success, Magic Mike, which starred Channing Tatum. Miller will play Devin, a financially-struggling college student who becomes an exotic dancer to help pay his bills. Devin’s new job begins to compromise his relationship with his girlfriend, played by Eurika Pratts. Devin is also faced with guilt from dancing because his upbringing was religious and conservative.
LaMarre offered some insight into the conception of the film:
“This movie was in gestation for two and a half years, but after Magic Mike it seemed a natural fit for the African-American female audience. I researched the male exotic club scene across the country, with clubs specifically targeting middle-aged African American women.”
Just last week, Beckford was cast to play a star stripper who introduces Miller’s character to the club life, and White was cast as the club owner.
The movie is scheduled to begin filming in June. Watching Miller’s fantastic performance on “Dancing with the Stars,” we think he may have what it takes to nail this role.