Kendrick Lamar and Lena Dunham Join Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ Video
Meet Lucky Fiori and Welvin Da Great.
Taylor Swift revealed three new members of her ever-growing "Bad Blood" music video cast over the weekend: Ellie Goulding and Hailee Steinfeld, and Girls star Lena Dunham. This morning (May 11) she introduced us to the first male character, Welvin Da Great, played by Kendrick Lamar.
Taylor and Kendrick have publicly expressed their mutual admiration for each other — Kendrick responded to Tay's love of his "Backseat Freestyle" last year, and then Taylor lip-synched to the track on Instagram a few months later. As a known Kendrick fan, it's not surprising that Taylor asked the rapper to join her band of street toughs, and we highly approve of this choice.
As you can see in Taylor's Instagram post below, Dunham's character is a cigar-smoking shot-caller with a very mobster-esque name, intimidating adversaries with her piercing gaze. Lamar's portrait above provides fewer clues, but given the fact that he's falling in line with the monochromatic wardrobe choice, it's safe to assume he's on Team Taylor.
This brings Taylor's "Bad Blood" cast to nine, so far: Taylor herself, Zendaya, Paramore’s Haley Williams, Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge, Hailee and Lily, Lena, and now Kendrick. We're willing to bet she'll unveil at least one or two more additions to the lineup before the video premieres at the Billboard Music Awards next Sunday (May 17). How many people can there possibly be in this video? Is everybody getting adequate screen time, or will there just be a lot of group shots, or what?
Stay tuned for more updates, and watch the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night on ABC for the big show.
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