Generally people in the hip hop world like to be seen as more than just rappers, or DJs, or whatever. In order to make it big in the hip hop world you have to be seen as a triple, quadruple, or fivetuple threat. So seeing as he’s already branched out from making hip hop, to producing hip hop, to having a rock band, to acting in TV’s How to Make It in America, Kid Cudi (aka Scott Mescudi) should be well on his way to being the next big mogul, especially now that he’s taking his acting career further by seeking out film roles.
The latest part he’s landed is in debut director Max Nichol’s upcoming romantic comedy Two Night Stand, which tells the story of two people who agree to have a sleazy one night stand finding themselves put in the awkward position of being snowed in and having to spend more time together. No, Cudi isn’t playing the lead—as a matter of fact his role as the boyfriend of the female protagonist’s best friend doesn’t sound like it will probably amount to much screen time at all—but there are a couple x-factors here that point to the fact that Two Night Stand might be the perfect vehicle for Cudi to dip his toe into the film world and show off what he has to offer as a comedic actor.
First off, Two Night Stand comes from a Black List script by writer Mark Hammer, and though a script’s inclusion on the Black List is far from a guarantee that its finished product will be great, it’s generally indicative of a certain level of quality. The bigger story here though is the level of acting talent that Cudi’s going to be working alongside. This film is set to star Analeigh Tipton and Miles Teller, two young actors who have shown great potential up to this point (for Tipton, in things like Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Damsels in Distress, and for Teller, in things like Rabbit Hole and even the Footloose remake) and are probably poised to break out soon.
If Cudi is able to bring the goods, and the project is able to live up to all of its potential, then it might not be long before a star is born. Knock one side role in one indie comedy out of the park and it doesn’t seem to be long before big name directors start lining up to cast you as Paul Rudd or Seth Rogen’s buddy from work. And after that the sky is the limit. Just ask Dr. Ken Jeong. [THR]