The irreverent and irrepressible Chris Rock sets his sights on the highest office in the land in DreamWorks Pictures comedy Head of State.
Rock stars in the film, which also marks his directorial debut. Rock also co-wrote the screenplay with Emmy Award-winning writer Ali LeRoi, with whom he has had a long association. They most recently collaborated on the screenplay for Down to Earth.
Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock) is a Washington, D.C. neighborhood Alderman, who s about to be redlined out of his job. But after the untimely death of the party frontrunner, Gilliam is plucked from obscurity and thrust into the limelight as his party s nominee for President of the United States.
The film also stars popular comedian and television star Bernie Mac as Gilliam s supportive older brother Mitch, a bail bondsman, who becomes his unlikely running mate. Rounding out the main cast are: Dylan Baker as Gilliam s campaign manager; Nick Searcy as Gilliam s much more politically savvy opponent; Lynn Whitfield as Gilliam s reluctant advisor, who is slowly won over by her unorthodox candidate; Robin Givens as the ex-girlfriend who dumped Gilliam, but who now sees his candidacy as her chance at becoming First Lady; Tamala Jones as the new woman in Gilliam s life, who believes in him regardless of the election outcome; James Rebhorn as Senator Bill Arnot, the party leader who is more interested in his own future than in Gilliam s; and Stephanie March as a campaign worker with special talents. Rap artist Nate Dogg appears throughout the film as a musical narrator.