Credited under his real name Rakim Mayers, A$AP Rocky will be appearing in a film written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa called Dope. A$AP Rocky, or Mayers if you like, plays a character called Dom – you can spot him in the trailer below.

IMDb says that it's "A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation." It follows Malcolm (played by Shameik Moore) who is, says director Famuyiwa, "a Nineties hip hop geek" in a tough neighbourhood – his dream is to attend Harvard. The IMDb synopsis details more of this (quite classic-style) storyline: "A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into a, only in Los Angeles, gritty adventure filed with offbeat characters and bad choices."

An "only-in-Los-Angeles, gritty adventure" – cool, we like that.

Also starring in the film is Zoë Kravitz (Lenny's daughter, you know) as Nakia and Forest Whitaker – or his voice – as the narrator.

Pharrell contributes to the soundtrack, specifically some songs written for the fictional Malcolm's garage band. Famuyiwa spoke about working with the superstar producer: "I'd tell him about Malcolm and then he'd disappear to his magic lair, or wherever he goes, and then he’d have a song about it and it'd be amazing." Sounds pretty, pretty, pretty cool.

It premieres at Sundance Film Festival later this month.