Azealia Banks to star in RZA-directed movie “Coco” with Common & Jill Scott
Earlier this year rappers RZA (who is starring in a porn star biopic) and Azealia Banks (who is naked in a recent issue of Playboy) both appeared in a BrooklynVegan post about pornography. Together again, now we find out that RZA and Azealia are working on a different movie, together. Azealia's publicist says:
Today Azealia Banks confirmed that she will be starring in a new Lionsgate/Codeblack Films motion picture film titled "Coco."
Directed by Wu Tang Clan's RZA from a screenplay by Nicole Jefferson Asher, "Coco" will be produced by Paul Hall and has already starting filming in the U.S.
"I'm extremely excited and vigorously inspired to be working with Azealia Banks in my new directorial installment," director Rza continues "producer Paul Hall and I have assembled a cool and eclectic cast to surround Azealia. Our story, which is set in today's contemporary youth culture, will bring a new voice to cinema that needs to be heard."
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.
According to IMDB, the movie is called "Spoken Word", but maybe that is wrong. Deadline adds that "she stars with Common, Jill Scott, Lucien Laviscount, Lorraine Toussaint and Hana Mae Lee. It has a script from Nicole Jefferson Asher and will be produced by Paul Hall. "
Azealia Banks played a show at Irving Plaza earlier this month, and before that Coachella (where the above photo by Samantha Saturday is from). Check out a video from the NYC show with her international tour dates listed, below.
Azealia Banks ' Miss Amor ' Live NYC Irving Plaza
Azealia Banks -- 2015 Tour Dates
06/12/2015 Uddevalla Solid Sound Uddevalla, Vastra Gotaland County, Sweden
06/13/2015 SIDEWAYS FESTIVAL Helsinki, Finland
06/24/2015 Glastonbury Festival Somerset, United Kingdom
07/09/2015 BBK LIVE FESTIVAL - KOBETAMENDI Bilbao, Spain
07/10/2015 KOBETAMENDI Bilbao, Spain
07/10/2015 BBK Live Festival Bilbao, Etr, Spain
07/11/2015 KOBETAMENDI Bilbao, Spain
07/11/2015 NOS Alive Festival Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
07/24/2015 Splendour in the Grass Byron Bay, 02, Australia
07/24/2015 Metro Theatre Sydney, 02, Australia
07/25/2015 Splendour in the Grass Byron Bay, 02, Australia
07/26/2015 Prince Ballroom St. Kilda, Vic, Australia
08/14/2015 Parc Jean-Drapeau Montreal, QC, Canada unavailable
08/15/2015 Ilesoniq Music Festival Montreal, QC, Canada
08/28/2015 Leeds Festival 2015 Leeds, United Kingdom
08/28/2015 Leeds Festival Leeds, H3, United Kingdom
08/29/2015 READING FESTIVAL Reading, United Kingdom
08/30/2015 LEEDS FESTIVAL Leeds, United Kingdom