Azealia Banks Takes on Acting in RZA’s New Film ‘Coco’

Later this year, the reigning queen of the 212, Azealia Banks, will be taking the downtown A to Brooklyn in her movie debut Coco, a drama for Lionsgate and Codeblack Films that will be directed by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. Born and raised in Harlem, rapper Azealia Banks will be taking a break from her sophomore EP, Business and Pleasure, to star alongside Common and Jill Scott in RZA’s second directorial effort—after 2012’s The Man with the Iron Fists.

Taking place at a college in Brooklyn, Coco will star Azealia in the title role as a young twentysomething woman who is trying to become a rapper but struggles to live up to her parents’ dream that she get a college degree. While taking a poetry class, Coco “experiences the true calling of the power of the spoken word, which helps her goals as a hip-hop artist.” Jill Scott will play a professor who doesn’t believe that rap and slam poetry can co-exist. Naturally, Common will play a mentor figure so the odds are good that his sultry voice will offer up words of wisdom to Coco at least three times throughout the movie.

Deadline describes the film as having “a bit of 8 Mile edge to it” so expect drama, metaphors about being on the wrong side of the tracks, and a clash between hip hop and spoken word.

Set to begin film in the next few weeks, Coco will be produced by Paul Hall with a script by Nicole Asher and should be released next year.

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