The film, which stars Tyler James Williams, Coco Jones, Trevor Jackson, Brandon and Mychal Smith, is a re-imagining of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac story reinvigorated with hip-hop, rap and gospel music.
Jones, who’s a rookie to the film world, says it was Tyler James Williams who helped her out with tons of advice and tips on how to make her scenes that much better. She also said that while the film may boast an almost exclusively African American cast, it didn’t matter who played the parts because it was written so well, it was destined to be a great movie. But adds, “…but I’m glad WE got the opportunity to do it!”
For those that aren’t familiar with Coco Jones’ work, she got her big break at the age of performing the “National Anthem” during to NFL games and was then chosen to perform live on “The Most Talented Kids” episode of the Maury Povich Show. Her self-titled debut CD, “Coco Jones“, was released in 2010. Shortly thereafter she which led to her chance of Radio Disney’s NBT (Next Big Thing), where she became known for her song “Real You.” Most recently she performed during the Essence Music Festival and says it was “awesome.”
She’s currently signed with Hollywood Records and has begun work on her album. Her dream collaboration would be with Missy Elliott. Fans can follow Coco Jones’ rising star by logging onto her website www.therealcocojones.com and on Twitter @therealcocoj.
Make sure to grab the “Let It Shine” DVD for the kiddies and some of you ‘kids at heart’ today. It features an extended scene with a track called “Until We Meet Again,” which is Cyrus and Bling, the main two character’s, first ever rap battle.