Hulu has found its RZA and Ghostface Killah.
The streaming entertainment company announced last October it was developing a 10-episode series about hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan called “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.”
“Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories,” the news release announcing the series stated.
The series is created, written and produced by RZA, along with “Superfly” writer Alex Tse. Chris Robinson will direct and co-executive produce the pilot episode. He previously directed episodes “Star” and “The New Edition Story.”
And now we know who will portray six characters on the show. They are:
Ashton Sanders (”Moonlight,” “Equalizer 2”) will play Bobby Diggs, a.k.a. RZA. Variety describes the character as creative and thoughtful”underneath a hardened exterior.” Although he’s used to street life, he “can’t let go of his dreams about music.”
Atlanta actor Shameik Moore (”Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) will portray Sha Rader, described as “a gunner for drug dealer Power Grant … . He’s still got some innocence to him, however, and his friendship with Bobby makes it tough to carry out his orders.”
Siddiq Saunderson will play Dennis Coles (Ghostface Killah), “a loving kid who would do anything to protect his friends and family.”
Also cast are Marcus Callender as Power Grant; Zolee Griggs as Ghostface Killah’s girlfriend, Shurrie; and Erika Alexander (”Black Lightning,” “Get Out,” “Living Single”) as Linda.
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