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Fox Searchlight proudly announces the release of the long anticipated feature film NOTORIOUS in cinemas across the UK from 13th February, 2009.  Celebrating the hip hop legend Notorious B.I.G, later known as Biggie, the biopic tells the rags to riches story of a music icon whose life and death forever changed the landscape of music.  Embodying the American dream Biggie rose from the streets using the power of his music to speak to an entire generation.

The film captures the larger than life world of Notorious B.I.G aka Christopher Wallace (played by Jamal Woolard) examining the relationships of those closest to Biggie including his mentor and friend P. Diddy (Derek Luke), fellow rapper Tupac (Anthony Mackie), his wife Faith Evans (Antonique Smith), his on / off girlfriend Lil Kim (Naturi Naughton) and his mother Voletta Wallace (Angela Bassett).

Notorious is a tribute and celebration of Biggie produced by Voletta Wallace, Wayne Barrow, Mark Pitts, Robert Teitel, Trish Hofmann and executive produced by P. Diddy.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the team which brings the story of my friend, B.I.G to the big screen. The movie is a mother's story and his mom was instrumental in getting this film made. Notorious is a tour de force," Sean Combs executive producer, Notorious.

A talented wordsmith, crafting rhyming narratives about violent life on the street as well as hits for the clubs, Biggie emerged from Brooklyn during the early 1990’s and quickly became one of the most influential music artists of our time.  At the height of his career Biggie was embroiled in a feud with rapper Tupac, which developed into a highly publicised east coast versus west coast battle.

Notorious is directed by George Tillman Junior (Men of Honor and Soul Food) and written by Reggie Rock Bythewood and Cheo Hodari Coker.

The soundtrack to Notorious is available from January 26th on Warners Music. Featuring brand new releases from his peers including Jay-Z and Jadakiss the soundtrack also includes a selection of greatest hits and early, little-known recordings. 



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