May 27, 2015


RZA's Next Film: The Azealia Banks-Starring 'It Doesn't Have to Rhyme'

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RZA's directorial debut, 2012's The Man With the Iron Fists, might have given you an idea of what Wu-Tang's resident abbot/scientist had in mind for a film career.

Annnd: You were wrong. Everyone was. Prepare yourself to jump from Kung-Fu Ave. over to Musical Drama Blvd. RZA's next movie is, as The Hollywood Reporter writes, "Described as being similar in tone to 8 Mile." It'll star Broke With Expensive Taste rap empress Azealia Banks as a music artist who "who enrolls in college and enters a poetry course. While the class doesn’t improve her lyrical skills, as she had hoped, it does unleash in her a passion for slam poetry." Combine Azealia's facility with bars and her knack for onscreen theatrics (hi, "212" and every Banks video since) and this seems like a guaranteed grand slam.

The Man with the Iron Fists 2 came out in April 2015 and starred/was cowritten by RZA, although he stepped down from the director's chair.

The new film's called It Doesn't Have to Rhyme, and will also star CommonJill Scott and Lorraine Toussaint, who won Orange Is the New Black's second season by a wide margin. "Scott is playing a professor who believes that rapping and slam poetry cannot co-exist, while Toussaint is playing Banks' character's mother," THR writes. "Common will play a mentor figure."