Preview The Upcoming Lesbian Love Drama ‘Pimp,’ Starring Keke Palmer

Palmer has described Pimp as “a coming-of-age love story.”

Keke Palmer plays a lesbian pimp in the Bronx who’s fighting to get off the streets Photo by Twitter

Opening in select theaters and on demand November 9thPimp stars Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee) as Wednesday, a lesbian sex work procurer who fights to escape NYC’s roughest, grittiest streets.

Written and directed by Christine Crokos, and produced by Academy Award winner Lee Daniels (Precious), Pimp also stars Haley Ramm (X-Men: The Last Stand) as Wednesday’s girlfriend and Edi Gathegi (Twilight) as a brutal rival male pimp. Other cast members include Aunjanue Ellis, Vanessa Morgan, Mike E. Winfield, and DMX.

Working on the business side of street-based sex work, a life she was born into—her father is a pimp; her mother is a sex worker—Wednesday hustles for a way to escape the violent streets. With her girlfriend Nikki’s help, business is booming, but Wednesday must still fight hard for territory and street power. At the same time, she dreams of getting out.

For Palmer, her character’s romantic relationship with another woman is central to the plot, and she has described Pimp as “a coming-of-age love story.”

“The movie takes place in the Bronx,” Palmer told Entertainment Weekly, “and my character, Wednesday… it kind of paints the picture of her life. Her mother was a prostitute, her father was a pimp, and that’s the only world she knows. The movie is really a coming-of-age love story with a backdrop of the pimp industry.”

She also talked to EW about how this film represented a major departure from her earlier work—and how it was still a great fit.

“I heard about this project when I was coming out of doing a lot of kid work,” Palmer said. “I’d just turned 18, I’d been working a lot with Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, and I really was looking for some cool, interesting projects that could give me the opportunity to show different female characters. I wanted to do something different and give a voice to a character that really doesn’t often get a voice. So, I came across this script Pimp and I loved it, and I thought it was going to be challenging, so I immediately wanted to try and get an audition. I couldn’t get one because they said they weren’t really sure it was something that would be a good fit for me. So, I went to my old neighborhood and a created a documentary-style acting tape, and I sent it in, and that’s why I got the role. And that tape was used to help us get the money to make the film.”

According to IMDb, during the making of Pimp, Keke Palmer gave fans behind-the-scenes glimpses via Snapchat.

Can’t wait for Pimp? Check out the trailer!