Recently, it was announced that a biopic covering the life of the late comedian Bernie Mac was in the works, with John Legend as producer. Although it’s too early to say who will play The Original Kings of Comedy and The Ocean Trilogy icon, there are a few distinct possibilities that have been mentioned. Both suggestions came from none other than Mac’s daughter, Je’Niece McCullough, and they’re absolutely dynamite suggestions that could pick up steam.
While speaking with TMZ about the upcoming Bernie Mac biopic, Je’Niece dropped two names to consider: One night in Miami star Aldis Hodge and YouTube comedian Mark Phillips. In McCullough’s opinion, Hodge would be the perfect actor to play Mac as an adult, while Phillips is his choice for the younger part of the story. What makes these choices exciting isn’t just that the two feel like fantastic choices for this still-developing project, according to McCullough, her mother/Bernie Mac estate manager Rhonda McCullough also approves of the two options.
Looking at both Aldis Hodge and Mark Phillips, the possibilities are already quite spectacular. Hodge in particular has recently gained momentum in his career, with Leigh Whannell’s The invisible Man also adding to his rising star power. Additionally, experiments on multiple biopics like hidden numbers, Straight outta Compton, and director Regina King’s One night in Miami have already established Hodge’s credentials as an actor familiar with what this type of film demands. So having Mr. Hodge playing the last years of Bernie Mac’s life is half the puzzle solved here.
And then there’s Mark Phillips, the YouTube star who, according to this interview, reminded Je’Niece McCullough of the comedic energy that his own father exuded. Casting him as young Bernie Mac for this new film, there was even a video shared with remarks McCullough made on the record. After watching the clip below, it’s also hard not to agree with this possibility:
Passing away unexpectedly in 2008 due to complications from pneumonia, Bernie Mac left behind a sharp, yet warm, comedy legacy. Writing several books and making an impact in the world of film and television while he could, his distinctive laugh will never be easy to find. But if Ja’Niece and Rhonda McCullough are confident enough in their choices, it could bode well for both actors in the near future.
As John Legend builds this project with Rhonda McCullough, Rhonda and Ja’niece’s opinions are pretty crucial to the progression of this untitled movie. With Aldis Hodge and Mark Phillips getting off to an early start in the competition, there’s a chance they can go the distance. But, of course, that depends on how things go with the project as a whole. In the meantime, the 2021 movie schedule is as clear as it gets, ready for audiences to find their next source of laughter.