Dancehall star Mavado will be making his acting debut in the upcoming film Shottas 2, the sequel to the 2002 hit Jamaican movie Shottas.
The We The Best Music singjay will co-star with Ky-Mani Marley, who played the role as the notorious Biggs.
Shottas director Cess Silvera said filming for the movie kicks off in June in Jamaica and overseas.
According to Mavado’s manager, Julian Jones-Griffith, several big name rappers were vying for the role, including Lil’ Wayne and Chris Brown, but Silvera cast Mavado, who he believes fits the role.
“Cess Silvera reached out to me saying he has written a part for Shottas 2 that would be perfect for Mavado,” Griffiths said. “It’s a leading role and he believes Mavado can bring the realism and credibility to do the character justice. Cess thinks Mavado is the only person to really bring it to life and make it believable.”
Mavado said he could not pass up on the offer to cast in the films sequel.
“I’ve had a few offers for movies that we have turned down, but I couldn’t pass on being a part of Shottas 2,” Mavado said. “Just like everyone else I am a huge fan of the first movie so it’s an honour to be a part of the production. When my manager told me Cess reached out to him I felt blessed. Acting is another way for me to express myself as an artiste so I’m really looking forward to it and will do my best to bring the character to life and make people believe in it. Shottas is such an iconic movie and brand so to be a part of the second one is going to be a great part of my legacy as an artiste.”
Shottas, which debut on the big screen in 2002, tells a story of two young men, Wayne and Biggs, who grew up in a tough Kingston inner-city community. The two later grew up to be major crime players in Kingston and Miami.
Dancehall veteran Spragga Benz played Wayne, while Ky-Mani Marley brought Biggs to life.
While not revealing his role, Mavado said he will be working hard to bring his character to life on the big screen.
“Fans can expect what they always get from me – keeping it real. The character I am playing is gritty as you would expect so I will be bringing it to life as real as I know how,” he said.
Shottas 2 is set to debut in the summer of 2013.
Remember Mavado in Drake’s “Find Your Love.”
Writer: Soje Leslie