With notable appearances on Starz’ Power Book IV: Force (as Buddy) and Peacock’s Bust Down (as Chauncey), Freddie Gibbs will make his film debut in Down With The King.
An indie circuit darling (with various critics applauding Gibbs’ performance), the Diego Ongaro-directed movie is set to hit digital and on-demand on June 28. The movie’s synopsis reads:
Rap star Money Merc [Gibbs] has been sent by his manager, Paul [David Krumholtz], to a rural house in the Berkshires to focus on his next album. Disenchanted with his music career and the 24/7 upkeep that such fame entails, Merc has no desire to write or record music. Instead, he spends most of his time at his neighbor’s farm learning about farming and enjoying the simplicity of country life. After Merc abruptly announces his retirement on Twitter, Paul rushes to the countryside to lure him back into the music industry.
“I don’t want people to be like, ‘Oh, he’s just playing himself.’ What’s the challenge in that?” Gibbs said to Hypebeast in 2021. “I wanted to do something compelling, something more avant-garde. You know, more of a challenge. I can easily get a bunch of guys together and be gangster and shoot a gangster ass movie about selling drugs. Okay, cool. That’s been done so many times.
“Diego is the best, he really made me comfortable on set,” he continued. “He walked me through everything. He basically taught me how to act on set. I had the experience of being fresh out of the frying pan and into the fire.”
To some anticipation, the first trailer for the film has finally been released.