Pharrell Williams’ early life will inspire a movie described as a musical take on Romeo and Juliet.
The film, called Atlantis, will follow the musician’s younger years in Virginia Beach, and will be helmed by Tony award-winning Broadway director Michael Mayer.
Mayer’s film credits include 2006 drama Flicka, and an upcoming Anton Chekhov adaptation of The Seagull, starring Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss and Annette Bening.
Williams will reunite with Fox for the big-screen production, the studio he worked with on Oscar-nominated hit Hidden Figures. He was credited as producer and provided music for the acclaimed film which starred Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae.
Williams also recently produced Roxanne Roxanne, a hip-hop biopic which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
The 43-year-old star—whose critically-acclaimed career as a singer-songwriter and music producer has seen him score 10 Grammy awards—was sent to a school for gifted children at 12. Its where he met Chad Hugo, with whom he formed The Neptunes. He sold his debut single aged 19.
The musical genre is making a welcome comeback following the box office success of La La Land with Oscar-winning star Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
Damien Chazelle’s romantic musical made $427million worldwide, while the live adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast broke five box office records on its opening weekend. It has since made $700m globally on the first week of its release.
Williams was recently announced as the first man to star in a Chanel handbag campaign.
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