Shameik Moore (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), Ashton Sanders (“Moonlight”), Siddiq Saunderson (“Messiah”), Zolee Griggs (“Ballers”), Erika Alexander (“Get Out”) and Marcus Callender (“Power”) are set to lead the cast of the upcoming Hulu series “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” from Imagine Entertainment.
Inspired by the books by RZA, the series will be set at the height of the crack epidemic in 1990s New York and follow a group of young black men who grew out of a life of crime into one of the most successful musical groups in American history – the Wu-Tang Clan – who sold forty million albums worldwide.
Sanders is playing Bobby Diggs, based upon RZA, who grew up on a farm with his uncle and became hardened by the street life in order to provide for his family but still holds a creative and thoughtful heart.
Moore plays Sha Rader, who grew up on the streets and is a gunner for a drug dealer, but finds himself questioning his orders.
Saunderson will play Dennis ‘D-Love’ Coles, based upon Ghostface Killah, who works as the right-hand man to Bobby’s brother in the drug dealing business.
Callender is attached to play Power Grant, the leader of the crime organization in Park HIll and the rival to Bobby’s brother’s gang in Stapleton.
Griggs plays Shurrie, who when she’s not running her house of three other siblings and focusing on school, is secretly in a relationship with D-Love.
Alexander will portray Linda, Shurrie’s mother who is working at a rib shop after ridding herself of her abusive husband and is struggling to balance her hectic work life with her strained relationship with her children.
RZA and Alex Tse co-created the series while The Killas, Deck, GZA and the Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard will serve as consulting producers on the series.
The announcement comes as Hulu has scrapped plans to turn two other pilots it developed into series with both “Less Than Zero” and “Search and Destroy” not moving forward.
Source: The Live Feed