Nick Cannon is introducing YouTube Red viewers to one of Jamaica’s signature cultural institutions. The former America’s Got Talent host is the director and star of King of the Dancehall, a feature film that is now available through YouTube’s subscription platform.
In King of the Dancehall, Cannon portrays a man who travels to Jamaica to make a new life for himself. While there, he becomes ingratiated into the community of dancehall performers and ultimately ends up as a competitor in a prestigious contest. The film features a strong cast that includes Busta Rhymes, Whoopi Goldberg, and Louis Gossett, Jr.
YouTube Red picked up King of the Dancehall in January after the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is now available through the All Def Digital, which has worked on multiple feature films as part of its content strategy.
A novel based off King of the Dancehall is in the works as well and is expected to be published later this year.