Christopher Jordan Wallace in ‘Everything Must Go’ Trailer
Christoper Jordan Wallace is following in his famous parents’ footsteps by hitting the big screen for the second time. Wallace is acting alongside funny-man Will Ferrell in the new film Everything Must Go.
Wallace plays the role of Kenny, the young boy who befriends Nick (Will Ferrell) and helps him carry out his yard sale – and finally gain some perspective on his life.
Says Ferrell: “it’s the most crucial relationship in the movie… because this guy becomes him best friend, this kid almost becomes the only person he can talk to.” The filmmakers decided on Christopher Jordan (CJ) Wallace (currently age 14), the son of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G., who had played his father as a youth in NOTORIOUS, the biopic of his life. “He’s been amazing,” says Rush. The respect is mutual: “Dan is a great director. He’s really honest with me, he doesn’t treat me like a little kid and I like that.”
Christopher Jordan Wallace was born on October 29, 1996 in Manhattan, NY, USA to Rap icon, The Notorious B.I.G. and legendary R&B star, Faith Evans. Deemed heir to hip-hop royalty, Christopher from an early age was heavily influenced by music but was always very drawn to the arts, well before being introduced to the cinematic world. People saw him on TV for the very first time in the Bad Boy Family tribute video to his late father, “We’ll Always Love Big Poppa” (1997) at the tender age of one. Wallace was seen again several years later in his mom’s video for “Again”, the first single from her 2005 Gold-selling album The First Lady.
Christopher’s break-through performance came when he auditioned and landed the role of Christopher Wallace (The Notorious B.I.G.), where he played his father as a child from the age of 8 to 13, in the box office smash NOTORIOUS (2009). The compelling biopic took viewers into the life of a cultural icon, though gone too soon, managed to leave an indelible mark on society. Reeling in $21.5 Million and debuting at No. 4 in its opening weekend, the George Tillman directed film became the biggest opening weekend for Fox/Searchlight, and marked CJ’s debut as an actor. “Playing my dad as a kid in the movie gave me true insight on what he did when he was younger. It was surreal to me because I’d never acted in a movie before, and it was almost as if my dad was living through me,” says Wallace.
Following the release of Notorious, Christopher’s extraordinary talent was immediately recognized and he was praised by critics for his challenging role in the film. Not only did the movie launch Wallace’s acting career, it put him amongst Hollywood’s rising child stars.
Early screenings available at the Tribecca Film Festival thru April 27th.
The film hits theaters May 13th.
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