We All Die Young: The Cast And 5 Quick Things We Know About Daveed Diggs' Hip Hop Drama (2022)

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Have you heard about Tony Award-winning multi-talented performer Daveed Diggs’ hip hop drama that is being compared to Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2? That might sound like some far-fetched idea from a writer’s notebook of odd, yet potentially great, ideas, but this is real and it is already getting a lot of traction.

Titled We All Die Young, the Jake Schreier-directed picture starring Justice Smith, Idris Elba, and Taylour Paige, will be coming your way at some point in the not-so-distant future, telling a story about a rapper at the crossroads of fame who is faced with a decision that not only could change his life, but also that of everyone else in his ecosystem. There’s not a whole lot of information at this point in time, but we do have some key details that you should know about We All Die Young.

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The We All Die Young Cast Includes Justice Smith, Idris Elba And Taylour Paige

In the lead-up to the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2021, Deadline got the scoop on We All Die Young and its small (for now, at least), yet extremely talented cast, consisting of a diverse group of actors at various stages of their respective careers.

First is Justice Smith, the Pokémon: Detective Pikachu star who most recently appeared on the HBO Max original series Generation, and will soon return to action in Jurassic World: Dominion. In the upcoming hip hop drama, Smith will portray Marcus, a 25-year-old rapper who finds himself in a rather difficult position in terms of his career and life. Idris Elba, coming off The Suicide Squad, will play Marcus’ long-time mentor and father figure who also happens to own the record label that releases his albums. Taylour Paige, who made waves with her electric performance as the titular character in the 2021 based-on-true-events drama, Zola, will play a woman who comes into Marcus’ life and forces him to reevaluate his situation.

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We All Die Young Centers On A Successful Rapper Experiencing A Midlife Crisis

When discussing We All Die Young with Deadline in September 2021, Daveed Diggs explained that the movie will center on Marcus, as the 25-year-old rapper who is right on the cusp of going from a successful hip hop artist to international superstar, and the impact this newfound status has on him as a person and performer. But, just as he’s reaching new heights in his career, Marcus falls into a creative funk that is preventing him from writing new material. Then, when Marcus begins to think about so many rappers who didn’t live to see the age of 30, he falls into the depths of a midlife crisis.

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The We All Die Young Script Was Written By Daveed Diggs And Chinaka Hodge

Although not stepping in to direct We All Die Young, Daveed Diggs, per Deadline, wrote the film’s script alongside Chinaka Hodge, who happens to be one of the founding members of Digg’s collaborative hip hop collective known as The Getback. This is just the latest high-profile production to be written in part by Chinaka Hodge, who was hired in April 2021 to serve as the head writer on the upcoming Marvel Disney+ series Ironheart, per Variety. Hodge recently wrote material for shows like Apple TV’s Amazing Stories and TNT’s Snowpiercer adaptation, which features Diggs in its cast. Diggs' previous writing credits include the 2018 drama Blindspotting, a film in which he also starred.

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Jake Schreier Is Set To Direct We All Die Young

Stepping in to handle the directing duties for We All Die Young will be Jake Schreier, whose film work includes the 2012 sci-fi comedy Robot and Frank and 2015’s Paper Towns. And, even though Schreier only has only directed two feature-length films, he brings with him years of experience as a music video director. Throughout his career, Scherier has directed videos for Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Chance the Rapper, and multiple other pop and hip hop stars. When talking about the film with Deadline, Daveed Diggs revealed that he and Schreier have known each other since their days at Berkeley High School, where they were even in a band together.

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Daveed Diggs Described We All Die Young As Being Fellini's 8 ½ But Set In The Rap World

When speaking with Deadline about We All Die Young, Daveed Diggs turned to Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 as a way in which to describe the upcoming film. In that 1963 fantasy drama, filmmaker Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) begins to experience a midlife crisis brought on by creative impotency while working on his latest film. As he slips into his fragile mental state, Guido becomes almost trapped in a fantastical world of memories. In addition to dealing with a creative crisis, the film will also touch on the fragility of life for young rappers, as Diggs put it:

It’s an artistic mid-life crisis, like in Fellini’s 8 ½, but in the world of these young rappers where you grow up so much faster and sometimes in the communities we come from, you don’t live much longer than 25 or 26. That crisis tends to come a lot earlier. That’s the part that hits home for me about today. We’re a really interesting place in the rap world. It feels wide open, the music is interesting and the personalities that are blowing up are so all over the board, but we’re not seeing a decrease in the fragility of the life of young Black men who participate in the culture. There are countless numbers of young rappers killed every year, by addiction, by gun violence, all sorts of ways. That’s one of the really interesting things about this, an artist trying to cope with his mortality, and what do you do with that? It’s not an uncommon art story, but I don’t think it has been seen before through this lens.

The idea of going through a midlife crisis at such a young is just as fascinating as it is sobering, which should help We All Die Young explore new ground with its approach to the subject.

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Production On We All Die Young Is Set To Get Underway In March 2022

Production on We All Die Young should start in March 2022, and as far as director Jason Scheier is concerned, he will be more than ready to get the cameras rolling. When speaking with Deadline, the filmmaker explained that he has already drawn the storyboards for every shot of the film and went even further by creating an animatic of the more complicated moments, though he did not reveal the nature of that scene.

There is still a lot about We All Die Young that we don’t quite know, especially a tentative release window for this intriguing film set in the rap world. In meantime, check out CinemaBlend’s updated schedule of 2021 movie releases.

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What is the saddest song in Hamilton? ›

"It's Quiet Uptown" is the eighteenth song from Act 2 of the musical Hamilton, based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, which premiered on Broadway in 2015. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote both the music and lyrics to the song.

What is the hardest song to sing in Hamilton? ›

The score of Hamilton, and the song “Burn” in particular, is widely sung and full of unexpected difficulties that are often more demanding than they sound.
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Is Daveed Diggs a fast rapper? ›

To defend his title as fastest rapper on Broadway, Tony Award nominee Daveed Diggs went on The Tonight Show May 9 to display his skills for host Jimmy Fallon. In the show he claims to do 19 words in three seconds, which he shrugs off as only "medium fast" in the rap world.

Is Hamilton kid appropriate? ›

Hamilton is rated PG-13 for language and suggestive content. Is Hamilton kid friendly? Not for all kids due to language, war, adultery, and death. Disney did remove some things from the original musical to make Hamilton more kid friendly.

How many cuss words are in Hamilton? ›

Profanity (14)

Swearing infrequently occurs throughout the musical in 3 songs, including abuses of "Christ" and "Jesus." One of the songs (Yorktown) mutes the use of the 'f' word. There is an implied 'f' word during the song "Say No to This" but is never finished being said.

What is the hardest rap in Hamilton? ›

According to a 2015 report from FiveThirtyEight, Diggs raps at 6.3 words per second during the quickest verse of Hamilton Act 1 performance of "Guns and Ships." For context, Eminem holds a Guinness World Record for rhyming the most words (1,560) in a hit single ("Rap God").

What is the fastest song in Hamilton? ›

Even more amazing, two of the fastest verses in Hamilton — one in the song “Satisfied” and one in “Guns and Ships” — average at least five words per second.

Did Lin-Manuel Miranda write all the songs for Hamilton? ›

Lin-Manuel wrote the music and lyrics for the show. He also co-wrote a book with Quiara Alegría Hudes that is the complete script and all the song lyrics from the show.

What is the 12 song in Hamilton? ›

The Story of Tonight (Reprise)

What is Lin-Manuel Miranda's favorite Hamilton song? ›

When asked on social media about his favorite Hamilton song, Miranda named “Satisfied” as one of his best hits. “'Satisfied,'” the songwriter tweeted in 2020. “I'll never top it, as long as I live.

What Hamilton songs are appropriate for school? ›

Kid Friendly Hamilton Songs
  • The Story of TonightLin-Manuel Miranda, Okieriete Onaodowan, Daveed Diggs.
  • The Schuyler SistersRenée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas-Jones.
  • Farmer RefutedThayne Jasperson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton.

Who has the most words in Hamilton? ›

Amount of lines each Hamilton character has * Alexander Hamilton: 916 * Aaron Burr: 655 * Eliza Hamilton: 324 * George Washington: 300 * Angelica Schuyler: 246 * Thomas Jefferson: 234 * John Laurens…

What is Daveed Diggs fastest song? ›

And a FiveThirtyEight analysis found that Diggs's Act 1 solo "Guns and Ships," in which he spits 19 words in three seconds, is one of the fastest songs in Broadway history.

Does Daveed Diggs have a child? ›

Diggs doesn't have children, but he's at ease with them. He tells the fifth-grade English class that when he worked on the film “Wonder,” his first movie role, he sought advice from the child actors on set because they were mostly seasoned pros.

Can an 11 year old watch Hamilton? ›

The PG-13 rating is spot on.

The show feels geared towards older kids (tweens and up), not only for its mature content but also for the complicated ideas and historical frameworks present.

Is Hamilton suitable for 7 year old? ›

Since Hamilton contains some strong language, the show is appropriate for ages 10+.

Is six the musical inappropriate? ›

The show is recommended for ages 10 & up. Children under 5 are not permitted in the theatre but Don't Lose Ur Head, we love our Queens of all ages!

Is be more chill appropriate for 12 year olds? ›

A quick Google search confirmed that this was THE show for tweens and teens and the Be More Chill website suggested it for kids 12 and up.

How many F bombs does HAMILTON have? ›

On stage, Hamilton contains exactly three f-bombs, two of which had to be sacrificed to avoid an R rating, Lin-Manuel Miranda explained on Twitter.

How many bad words are there? ›

Research. Analyses of recorded conversations reveal that an average of roughly 80–90 words that a person speaks each day—0.5% to 0.7% of all words—are curse words, with usage varying from 0% to 3.4%.

What is the fastest rap ever? ›

Eminem's New Track 'Godzilla' Just Broke the World Record for Fastest Rap Verse. The controversial artist spits bars at 10.65 syllables per second on the track's third verse.

Is Hamilton hard to sing? ›

The score of Hamilton, and the song “Burn” in particular, is widely sung and full of unexpected difficulties that are often more demanding than they sound.

What is the fastest song on earth? ›

"Thousand" was listed in Guinness World Records for having the fastest tempo in beats-per-minute (BPM) of any released single, peaking at approximately 1,015 BPM.

What is the hardest song to sing on Broadway? ›

10 Challenging Broadway Songs to Sing
  • “Rainbow High” Evita.
  • “Bring Him Home” Les Misérables.
  • “Guns and Ships” Hamilton.
  • “(Not) Getting Married Today” Company.
  • “Defying Gravity” Wicked.
  • “The Phantom of the Opera” The Phantom of the Opera.
  • “And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going” Dreamgirls.
  • ”Glitter and Be Gay” Candide.
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Is any of the original Hamilton cast left? ›

Thayne Jasperson, who grew up in Springville, is the only original cast member who remains in the Broadway production of 'Hamilton' Thayne Jasperson is the one remaining original cast member left in the Broadway production of “Hamilton.” “Hamilton” returns to Broadway on Sept.

How old is Daveed Diggs? ›

Are there 47 songs in Hamilton? ›

The album includes 46 songs to convey Hamilton's life, death, and relationships throughout the Revolutionary War and America's founding moments. However, there are actually 47 songs in Hamilton if you include Laurens' Interlude that is played during the actual musical (but not on the cast album).

Who plays the best Hamilton? ›

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  5. 5 Phillipa Soo As Eliza Hamilton. ...
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Is Hamilton the most successful musical ever? ›

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  5. 5. " The Book of Mormon" ...
  6. 6. " Hamilton" ...
  7. "Mamma Mia!" Opened: Oct. ...
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What is the most liked Hamilton song? ›

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  2. 2 My Shot - 167 Million Listens. ...
  3. 3 Satisfied - 166 Million Listens. ...
  4. 4 The Schuyler Sisters - 156 Million. ...
  5. 5 You'll Be Back - 152 Million Listens. ...
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By all accounts, “Hamilton” has been a smash in London, where it has earned 13 nominations at the Olivier Awards (the British equivalent of the Tonys). “That makes it the most nominated show, ever, even over 'Harry Potter' last year,” Treneman said over email.

How old was Alexander Hamilton when he went to war? ›

Just twenty years old at the time, Hamilton had already made remarkable accomplishments. Hamilton spent the winter of 1777-1778 with Washington and the Continental Army at Valley Forge.

What is Hamilton's best song? ›

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  1. 1 Alexander Hamilton - 194 Million Listens.
  2. 2 My Shot - 167 Million Listens. ...
  3. 3 Satisfied - 166 Million Listens. ...
  4. 4 The Schuyler Sisters - 156 Million. ...
  5. 5 You'll Be Back - 152 Million Listens. ...
  6. 6 Helpless - 142 Million Listens. ...
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What was Alexander Hamilton's famous quote? ›

Those who stand for nothing fall for everything.”

What should I listen to if I like Hamilton? ›

Loved 'Hamilton'? Here's What You Should Watch Or Listen To Next!
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  • 21 Chump Street. ...
  • Newsies. ...
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  • Six. ...
  • Billy Elliot.
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Is Hamilton the greatest musical ever? ›

The show's success has surpassed Miranda's wildest dreams

In 2016, Hamilton was nominated for 16 Tony Awards — a new record — and won 11, including best music. Since then it has won many other top awards, including the 2016 Grammy for best musical theatre album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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