After making his directorial debut three years with The Man with the Iron Fists, Samurai Apocalypse – better known as The RZA – will return behind the camera lens once again for the upcoming film Spoken Word (or Coco).
A drama for Lionsgate and Codeblack Films Spoken Word (as it’s titled on it’s IMDB page, but that could be incorrect) will star Azealia Banks as Coco (the titular character). The film will also star the likes of Common, Jill Scott, Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black, Selma), Lucien Laviscount (Skins, Shameless) and Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect 2). In the movie, Banks will essentially portray herself… sort of:
Banks will play a fiery 20-something female rapper named Coco. Set in Brooklyn, the film documents her struggles in pursuing a career in hip-hop, while also attempting to fulfill her parent’s expectations of finishing college. Having returned to school, Coco soon discovers the vivid world and ultimate power of the spoken word, where she finds her one true voice and an unlikely love in the classroom.
The film is in pre-production right now, with filming to commence sometime later this year.