Chicago based artist Chance the Rapper has been receiving growing attention and acclaim in the music industry since the 2013 release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap. This past May, Chance released his third mixtape, Coloring Book, but in the years between he was far from silent. Throughout 2013, Childish Gambino and Chance collaborated on several small projects and in 2015 Chance worked with Nico Segal and several other artists on Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s first studio album, Surf. In addition to his music, Chance is noted for his role as an anti-gun violence activist in Chicago, and now, an actor.
This past summer, A24 announced the release of one of their most anticipated projects, Slice, a comedy starring one of 2016’s hottest names: Chance the Rapper. Austin Vesely, close friend of the rapper and mastermind behind the music videos for Angels and Sunday Candy, is the writer and director of the unique yet exciting film.
The film is based on one of Vesely’s short stories that had strong potential as a more developed work. Aware that the rapper was toying with the idea of acting, Vesely offered Chance a role as the protagonist in the budding production. Staying true to the spirit of Chance’s success, Slice’s production has relied on person-to-person private investing.
The film is set in an otherworldly Chicago, with “supernatural elements that people accept as reality”, says Vesely. This explains why Chance’s character, the enigmatic Dax Lycander, is a motorcycle-riding werewolf who once made his living delivering Chinese food. The plot of the film involves Lycander being framed for the murder of several pizza delivery boys, but little else has been revealed about the film’s plot. Slice’s release is expected in the second half of 2017.