Kanye West announces Yeezus film with trailer

The US rapper's regular collaborator Hype Williams is on board to direct

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Kanye West is making a film based on his world tour Yeezus, according to a trailer posted on his official website.

Footage from the US rapper’s dramatic performances ft. flashing lasers, dramatic shots of mountains and fireworks, will be mixed with scenes from his “Bound 2” music video (the one where he rides on a galloping horse with a topless Kim Kardashian).

Hype Williams, who has shot many of West’s music videos including “Gold Digger” and “Stronger”, is directing.

Talk of American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis’s separate film project has been met with no response from West. Rumours of a collaboration began last year, with Ellis reportedly starting work with West on a scripted movie, but there have been few further updates.

"It's in Kanye Land, and that’s subject to a whole other time frame," Ellis told Vice. “(West) came and asked me to write the film. I didn’t want to at first. Then I listened to Yeezus and I thought, regardless of whether I’m right for this project, I want to work with whoever made this.

"We’ll see what happens. I really like him as a person. I know his comes off in this performance-art way in the press, but if you’re just alone with him in a room talking for three hours, it’s kind of mind-blowing.”

A report from Radar Online yesterday suggested that the Ellis film would be a biopic based on Yeezus and the rapper’s life, with his fiancée Kim Kardashian playing a “pivotal” role. Somewhat bizarrely, West himself would not be appearing on-screen.

West is no stranger to the film world, having directed two short films, Runaway and Cruel Summer, and worked on a comedy series for HBO which failed to make it past a pilot episode.