After COVID forced film production companies to halt all their upcoming projects for most of 2020, finally things are getting back on track. And with the New Year comes a lot of fun announcements, including that everyone’s favorite woman in rap – and the person behind the viral song, “WAP,” that got us all through lockdown – Cardi B, is headed to the big screen in her first major role.
According to Variety, the 28-year-old is set to make her starring-role debut in the upcoming film, Assisted Living, which is being described as a “raucous comedy” with “tremendous heart,” likened to that of classics such as Sister Act, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Tootsie.
According to the outlet, Cardi plays a small-time crook who quickly finds herself “in over her head when a heist goes wrong.” When struggling to find an appropriate hiding place from the police, she disguises herself as an elderly woman – Oh, hey Robin Williams – and hides out in the one place she thinks that no one will look for her: the nursing home where her estranged grandmother lives.
Further details on Assisted Living – such as a release date – are yet to be announced. But we do know that the film, which is being released through Paramount Pictures, is based on an original script by Kay Oyegun, a screenwriter for This Is Us and Ava DuVernay’s series, Queen Sugar.
Though this is officially Cardi’s first lead role, it’s not her first time on the big screen. Most recently, she appeared alongside Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, and Lizzo in the critically acclaimed stripper-heist film, Hustlers, and she’s also playing a part in the upcoming ‘Fast & Furious’ movie, F9. Of course, though she’s now known for her award-winning music, it pays to note that Cardi actually first burst onto the scene on TV, starring on reality show, Love & Hip Hop, from 2015 to 2017.
How much Cardi is too much Cardi? The limit does not exist.