Last November, we heard about a new coming-of-age rap movie in development for Disney+ titled “World’s Best.”
Today, Deadline has revealed some new details about the musical comedy.
CBS’ Ghosts star Utkarsh Ambudkar conceived, co-wrote, produced and is co-starring in the film. “World’s Best” tells the story of a young math kid who vows to become the world’s best MC.
“World’s Best” follows 12-year-old Prem, played by Magnus, as he navigates life as that junior high kid in the high school math class. After his best friend Jerome abandons him for the popular group, Prem never feels more alone, despite the support of his mother Priya (Patel). But when Prem discovers that his late father Suresh (Ambudkar) was a great rapper, his new destiny is sealed. With renewed purpose (and some helpful, albeit imaginary, appearances from Suresh), Prem vows to break out of the mold of “math kid” and become the world’s best MC.
Space Force’s Punam Patel (Ghosts) will co-star. Roshan Sethi (7 Days) will direct.
Jamie King (Jessica Jones) and Ambudkar have written the script for the film. Thomas Kail and Kate Sullivan will produce alongside Ambudkar.
Ambudkar said, “Collaborating with Disney on a feature about a nuclear South Asian family with music at its heart means a lot to me personally. I can’t wait to bring World’s Best to life with friends and colleagues I’ve known a long time, as well as people whose work is relatively new to me. After seeing his first feature, I knew Roshan Sethi could capture the intricacies, humor and energy of World’s Best. Manny Magnus is a special find. He’s been dancing and performing his own music since he was 6 years old. And I know firsthand that Punam Patel will bring laughs and warmth to the role of Priya, the matriarch. I hope World’s Best will be super fun, both to make and watch.”
“World’s Best” will reportedly begin production next May. A Disney+ release date has not been announced yet.
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