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Shameik Moore, Ashton Sanders & Dave East to Star in Upcoming Wu-Tang Clan Scripted Drama Series

A 10-episode scripted drama series titled Wu-Tang: An American Saga is being developed exclusively for Hulu. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is based on one of hip-hop's most influential groups and is inspired by the philosophical books The Wu-Tang Manual and its sequel, Tao of Wu, written by Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA.

 

 

Co-created by RZA and Alex Tse (Superfly), Wu-Tang: An American Saga is based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan. Set in New York in the 1990s at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the series will follow the Clan's formation, a vision of Bobby Digs (aka RZA), who strives to unite a dozen young black men who are torn between music and crime but who eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

The cast for the show includes Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse actor Shameik MooreMoonlight‘s Ashton SandersPower's Marcus Callender, Get Out co-star Erika Alexander, rapper Dave East, and actor Julian Elijah Martinez.

“The Wu-Tang Clan has made an immeasurable contribution to music and our popular culture,” said Craig Erwich, Hulu senior VP originals. “Their unique musical form and authentic storytelling continue to speak to our times. This series is a conversation-worthy event that will bring their history and music to life in a way that hasn't been seen before.”

The Wu-Tang Clan has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and released five gold and platinum albums.  

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‘P-Valley’: Starz New Original Series Proudly Features the Work of All-Women Directors

Starz has released the official trailer and key art for its upcoming original drama series P-Valley.

Based on Katori Hall‘s play Pussy Valley, the hour-long drama tells the story of a small strip club in the South and all the different characters who come through its doors.

The cast of P-Valley includes Brandee Evans (The Bobby Brown Story), Nicco Annan (This is Us), Shannon Thornton (Power), Elarica Johnson (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Skyler Joy (Ma), J. Alphonse Nicholson (Just Mercy), Parker Sawyers (Southside With You), Harriett D. Foy (Elementary), Tyler Lepley (The Haves and the Have Nots), and Dan J. Johnson (Underemployed).

According to a statement by Starz, the series features the work of a group of women directors, including award-winning music video director Karena Evans (Drake: Nice for What, SZA: Garden), who directed the premiere episode, Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Millicent Shelton (30 Rock), Tamra Davis (Single Ladies), Geeta V. Patel (Superstore), Tasha Smith (Black Lightning), Sydney Freeland (Grey’s Anatomy) and Barbara Brown (Scream Queens).

P-Valley premieres at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Sunday, July 12th. Watch the trailer below.

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‘Respect’: New Trailer Released During This Year’s Virtual BET Awards

The Liesl Tommy-directed biopic follows Aretha Franklin’s life (played by Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson) from singing in her father’s church to becoming one of the most legendary musicians of all time.

The cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron, Tate Donovan, Tituss Burgess, and newcomer Sky Dakota Turner.

Watch the newly released trailer below

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Comedy Central Picks Up ‘Daria’ Spin-Off Series ‘Jodie’ Starring Tracee Ellis Ross

In a recent announcement, it was confirmed that Comedy Central will house Jodie, a Daria spin-off series starring Tracee Ellis Ross.

Ross has signed on to voice the titular character and to also executive produce. The show is penned by the original writer Grace Nkenge Edwards.

Jodie is one of the key characters in Daria, an animated spinoff of Beavis and Butthead, that had a 5-year run on MTV (1997-2002). Originally voiced by Jessica Cydnee Jackson, she represented one of the strongest female voices on Daria that shaped a generation of feminist women.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the spin-off series “will follow Jodie as she comes into her own and enters the workplace in her first post-college job in tech. Other former students from Daria‘s Lawndale High will also appear. Jodie will satirize workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, themes of empowerment across gender and racial lines, and explorations of privilege.”

The premiere date for Jodie is yet to be revealed. Stay tuned!

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