It was rumored that Kanye West was going to star in the upcoming Spike Lee film, Chiraq. Despite reports that surfaced today saying that the rumors were true, it was confirmed by Pitchfork that the “All Day” rapper would not be starring in the flick.
“Contrary to published reports, Kanye West will not be starring in Chiraq. However, there are discussions for West’s possible involvement in the film’s soundtrack, schedule permitting.”
What is known about the film, however, is that it is a musical comedy, and it will feature singer-actress and Chicago native, Jennifer Hudson, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, according to Time. It is also based from the Greek story, Lysistrata by Aristophanes, which is about a women who end a war by withholding sex from their husbands. Lee is using this to tell the story of the Windy City’s gang violence.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel wasn’t too pleased with the film’s title, and even met with the Do the Right Thing director to talk about it. From Huffington Post, Emmanuel said:
“He said that while the movie is about the neighborhood of Englewood, I was clear that I was not happy about the title.” He added, “I told him also that there are very good people that live in Englewood who are raising their family and there’s a lot of positive things that are happening in Englewood mainly driven by the people that make up Englewood.”
Amazon Original Movies will be releasing the movie in theaters, but a release date hasn’t been set as of yet.
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