Yasin Bey, formerly the Mighty Mos Def will play the late Jazz legend Thelonious Monk. The biopic is planned to begin production in summer 2022 by Jupiter Rising Films. The news marks Beys return to Hollywood after his 2016 retirement.
Yasin Bey’s acting prowess has been proven, delivering competent performances alongside some powerhouse actors. He played Chuck Berry in Cadillac Records and caught Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Something The Lord Made.
Jupiter Rising Films co-founder Alberto Marzan states, “This role is one that requires great depth and a unique understanding of who and what Thelonious Monk was and how his lasting impact can still be heard throughout the music world today. The moment I met Yasiin, I knew we found our Thelonious. It’s an honor to be the first to tell this important story in an epic way.”
Yasin Bey on Playing Thelonious
Yasin Bey will play Thelonious Monk but it is reported that the late musicians estate is not in favor of the project. “If the Monk estate is not happy with it, and Mr. Monk III is not happy with it, then neither am I,” Bey said. “To be clear, I was given every indication by the production company that the family was on board which was one of my primary questions.”
“I took them at their word, and clearly, that wasn’t the case.” he added. ” So again, the Monk estate, Mr. Monk III and all concerned parties, if you are not pleased with it, then neither am I. I can’t lie, I’m super excited still, if there’s an opportunity to tell this type of story but in the right way. Only with the estate’s approval and full involvement and acceptance.”
We truly hope that this project gets the green light. Yasin Bey is a great actor and this would be the perfect return for him and his career.