Lana Del Rey Announces Short Film ‘Tropico’ With Albino Model Shaun Ross

Christina Lee | July 27, 2013 9:04 am

Lana Del Rey holds a reputation for selecting notable video co-stars, from tattooed model Bradley Soileau (“Born to Die”) to rapper A$AP Rocky as JFK (“National Anthem”) and actress Jaime King as a lesbian lover (“Summertime Sadness”). Del Rey’s new short film, Tropico, is no different.

Shaun Ross, known as the first albino male model, will appear alongside the femme fatale in the Rick Rubin-produced film. Discovered at age 16, Ross went on to dance in Beyonce‘s “Party” video and appear in Katy Perry‘s “E.T.” visual; in the latter, Perry finds and kisses Ross at a landfill, to free him of his rusty spacesuit-inspired exterior.

According to the vintage horror film-inspired poster (see: 1954’s Creature From The Black Lagoon), Tropico will unfold to three of Del Rey’s songs: “Body Electric,” “Gods and Monsters” and “Bel Air.” Premiere dates for the 30-minute “tale of redemption” are to come; for now, check out the Tropico poster after the jump.