At least they’re trying to do it right. Fox Searchlight has spent the last year on a worldwide talent search, looking for just the right person to play Christopher Wallace (aka The Notorious B.I.G.). And the whole time, the guy was right in Brooklyn. Jamal Woolard has finally been cast in that role, even earning the endorsement of Christopher’s mother, Voletta Wllace. George Tillman Jr. (“Soul Food”) is set to direct. Also in the film: multiple award winner Angela Bassett as Voletta, Derek Luke as Sean Combs (who, in real life, is among the film’s executive producers) and Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur. Shooting in and around the five boroughs of New York City will begin on 24 March. The film is slated to be released on 16 January 2009.