Cardi B pulls out of comedy film ‘Assisted Living’
Cardi B has stepped down from her starring role in life supportforcing Paramount Players to pull the plug on the $30 million comedy flick, Deadline reports. According to the outlet, the Bronx native walked away from the film just a week before it was scheduled to begin production in New York.
The film has now been at least temporarily scratched, Deadline adds, with the cast and crew of the project having recently received the news.
Cardi was cast as Amber, “a petty crook who finds herself in over her head when a heist goes awry,” reads the film‘s synopsis. “On the run from the cops and her old crew”, she “must stay free long enough to prove her innocence and hole up in her grandmother’s nursing home”, where she fits in by changing her appearance with ” old lady’s prostheses”. ”
Cardi reportedly cited being “too overextended” as a reason for her withdrawal from the feature film. Deadline notes that when an actor in a lead role drops a movie this late in the process, legal action is often taken. However, sources told the outlet that producers hope to work things out with the rapper to avoid that later this year.
Paramount Pictures won a high-stakes bidding war for the film — reportedly between a six- and seven-figure deal — in 2019. Help for life – which was described as a “loud comedy” with a “tremendous heart” and similar to Tootsie, sister act and Mrs. Doubtfire – was written by Kay Oyegunin and reportedly directed by Thembi Banks.
life support would also have scored another feature for Cardi, who previously starred in Hustlers and Fast and Furious 9. Cardi also produced and served as a judge for Netflix’s unscripted competition series “Rhythm + Flow” alongside Chance the Rapper and TI.