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Wiz Khalifa to play George Clinton in upcoming Casablanca Records biopic

Wiz Khalifa is to play George Clinton in an upcoming biopic on Casablanca Records boss Neil Bogart.

Deadline has confirmed Spinning Gold is currently in production, and the film will follow the tale of how Bogart created the Buddah and Casablanca labels during the 1960s and ’70s. Casablanca was the home of Parliament, and it’s believed that the soundtrack will include brand new covers of classic efforts which feature in the film.

According to the official tracklist, Khalifa is to take on Parliament’s ‘Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)’. However, it isn’t just Clinton who will feature in the film; Tayla Parx is appearing as Donna Summer. Meanwhile, Ledisi is to play Gladys Knight, Jason Derulo will perform as The Isley Brothers’ founder Ronald Isley, and Jeremy Jordan is to play Bogart.

Spinning Gold has been in planning for over a decade, with Justin Timberlake first talked up to play Bogart back in 2011. After years on the shelf, production has been resumed with hopes to meet potential backers at the Cannes virtual market in July to take Spinning Gold to the next stage.

Director Timothy Scott Bogart told Deadline: “Spinning Gold is about a group of people who, once upon a time, lived a fairytale and made their dreams come true, all set to some of the greatest music ever pressed in vinyl. Bringing these dreamers and artists to life has been the privilege of my life.”