Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Rapper Azealia Banks To Star, RZA To Direct Lionsgate Feature ‘Coco’
According to Deadline, Azealia Banks, the provocative hip hop artist who made her debut with the album Broke With Expensive Taste, has just landed her first starring role in a feature film. She’ll play the title character in Coco, a drama for Lionsgate that will be directed by Wu Tang Clan’s RZA. It has a script from Nicole Jefferson Asher and it will be produced by Paul Hall. In the Brooklyn-set drama, Banks plays an aspiring twenty-something rapper who wants a career in hip hop, but is torn by her parents’ dreams that she finish college. She gives in. While matriculating, she finds herself in the classroom; she experiences the true calling of the power of the spoken word, which helps her goals as a hip hop artist. It has a bit of 8 Mile edge to it. Banks, who is repped by Prospect Park and The Davis Firm, will tour overseas beginning next month.