Word on the street is that Spike Lee has tapped hip-hop superstars Kanye West and Common to star in his new film, Chiraq. According to The Wrap, Lee is producing the film in conjunction with Amazon Studios, but specific details regarding the plot are still under wraps. Also rumored to be attached to the project are Jeremy Piven and Samuel L. Jackson.
The term “Chiraq” found its way into the pop culture lexicon as it became the nickname given to the Windy City in the wake of Chicago’s dramatic upswing in gun violence. Both Kanye and Common are Chicago natives, and the city plays a significant role in their music. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with the project.