Title: Minnesota Played by: Dev Hynes, Janelle Monae, Miguel, Dave Chappelle Directed by: Spike Jonze
It's a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
While Winston Churchill made that famous remark to describe 1940s Russia, the same phrase is a spot on definition of Prince. For an artist as complex as Prince, a straightforward biopic just wouldn't suffice. Plus, who could faithfully portray Prince besides Prince? We're envisioning something a bit more unorthodox. Much like in the 2007 Bob Dylan psuedo-biopic I'm Not Here, Minnesota would be an anthology film, with each act following a different actor living out a single day as The Purple One. Instead of finding one thespian to play dress-up and put on his best Prince impression, this full cast of actors will span age, gender, and race. Dev Hynes and Miguel will play hypersexualized Dirty Mind-era Prince, while Janelle Monae will portray Sign O' The Times Prince, and Dave Chappelle will reprise his infamous Chapplle's Show role as Prince to tell a story of one of those crazy nights in the mid-'80s.
Instead of attempting to be a revealing, tell-all film, Minnesota will celebrate Prince's reputation as an enigma by telling this story as an anthology of a-day-in-the-life shorts (perhaps not even in chronological order). Every short will serve as a piece of the puzzle that makes up Prince's mythos, and will reflect the influence that he had on artists of every generation afterwards. Prince is everyone. Prince is no one. That's what makes him one of the greatest artists of all time. This cinematic dedication to his life must be as provocative as he is. It's only right. Plus you know he wouldn't give anyone the permission if it wasn't.