While Dapper Dan has been a household name in the fashion industry and hip-hop scene, the Harlem-based tailor's profile is about to get even bigger with a big-screen depiction. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has hired comedian, actor and writer Jerrod Carmichael (of NBC's The Carmichael Show) to adapt Dapper Dan's forthcoming memoir, which will be released next year by Random House. The biopic will take place in Harlem, where Dap built his fashion career in the '80s around custom-made, logo-heavy designs, and follow his "high-stakes coming-of-age story."
Over the past few decades, Dapper Dan has evolved from Harlem's best-kept secret to international fashion icon, garnering a campaign, capsule collection and his own appointment-only atelier with Gucci. Now he, along with his son and brand manager Jelani Day, can add movie-maker to the mix, as both will executive produce the film.
The "Who should play Dap?" game begins now. Any suggestions?