Kanye West has dismissed reports that he has been cast in Spike Lee’s next film, Chiraq.
A representative for the rapper told Pitchfork: “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.”
According to Screen Daily, the film is a comedy musical about a woman’s mission to end gang warfare in Chicago, a city which has been nicknamed “Chiraq” in recent years because of its high rates of violent crime. Jennifer Hudson, Samuel L Jackson and John Cusack are reportedly being lined up to appear in the film, which is said to be Lee’s take on the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata.
Chiraq is expected to be announced officially at the Cannes Film Festival, which begins tomorrow (May 13) and runs until May 24. Amazon Original Studios, the company’s new filmmaking division, is said to be on board to handle its US cinema release.
West was first linked to Chiraq last month (April) when fewer details about the film’s plot were known. The rapper’s previous acting roles include cameos in Entourage and last year’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. He is also due to shoot a cameo for Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2, which is set for release on February 12, 2016.
Meanwhile, West is also set to executive produce the music for forthcoming slavery-themed US TV drama Underground. The 10-part series, due to air on US cable network WGN America in 2016, has been co-created by former Heroes writer Joe Pokaski and Sons Of Anarchy/Heroes writer Misha Green.