Azealia Banks has landed the lead role in Coco, a forthcoming rap-themed drama film directed by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA.
Banks will play the title character, an aspiring rapper who pauses her musical ambitions so she can complete her college education to appease her parents. While in the classroom, Coco apparently discovers the true power of the spoken word, which in turn helps her as a lyricist and hip-hop artist.
Banks will be flanked by a supporting cast that includes Common, Jill Scott, British former Waterloo Road actor Lucien Laviscount, Orange Is The New Black‘s Lorraine Toussaint and Pitch Perfect‘s Hana Mae Lee. Shooting on the film, which is set in Brooklyn, is due to start shortly, Deadline reports.
Coco will be Banks’ first major acting role. She is due to tour Europe and Australia this summer and will perform at Glastonbury Festival on June 24 and Reading and Leeds Festivals on August 29 and 30. After shooting numerous music videos over the years, RZA made his feature film directing debut with 2012’s The Man With The Iron Fists, a martial arts movie starring Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and the Wu-Tang Clan rapper himself.