You may know Tristan Wilds from 90210 or more recently as Adele’s love interest in the “Hello” video. He took some time to focus on his music, and now his acting career and his music career collides with VH1’s The Breaks, based on Dan Charnas’s book, The Big Payback. The Breaks will explore the lives of three friends intertwined by their love of hip hop as they try to break their way into the music industry. If the film does well, it has the possibility of turning into a series.
VH1’s newest original movie, The Breaks, will chronicle the journey of Nikki, David, and Deevee, three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film will travel viewers back to the Summer of 1990 in New York City where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city.
Nikki Jones is a brilliant recent grad who abandoned a scholarship to law school to pursue her dream of becoming a record exec. Her boyfriend, David Aaron, is the scrappy son of a legendary music producer who is unwilling to rest on his father’s laurels and notorious reputation. DeeVee is an aspiring producer on the hunt to find the next big rapper on the come-up.
Nikki fast talks her way into an internship at the premier hip-hop company, Fouray Entertainment, and catches the eye of the label’s infamous founder, while David struggles at the city’s top R&B radio station whose celebrity DJ refuses to program real hip-hop. Meanwhile, DeeVee returns to his roots in the Fort Greene projects to scout for talent and runs into Ahm, a drug dealer with a lyrical gift whose talent could bring them all to the next level. However, they will soon discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born.
- Director/Writer – Seith Mann
The Breaks premieres January 4, 2016 at 9/8c on VH1.