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Yasiin Bey Says He Won’t Portray Thelonious Monk ‘If Monk Estate Is Not Happy’ With Film — and They’re Not

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A.D. Amorosi Yasiin Bey was announced as the star of a Thelonious Monk biopic on Wednesday, but as of Thursday, he appeared to be backing out the project in the wake of complaints coming from the late jazz great’s estate about the planned film.“If the Monk Estate is not happy with it, if Mr.

Monk III is not happy with it, then neither am I,” said Bey, the actor and musician formerly known as Mos Def, on Instagram Thursday morning. “To be clear, I was given every indication by the production company that the family was on board.

It was one of my primary questions. … I took them at their word and clearly that wasn’t the case.”Added Bey, “I can’t lie — I’m super excited, still, if there’s an opportunity to tell this type of story, but in the.

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