9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Hulu's Wu-Tang Clan Scripted Drama Series Sets Cast
Hulu's Wu-Tang Clan is taking shape.
Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Shameik Moore (The Get Down, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Siddiq Saunderson (Messiah), Marcus Callender (Power), Zolee Griggs (Ballers) and Erika Alexander (Get Out) have been tapped to star in the 10-episode scripted drama series for the streamer.
Picked up in October, Wu-Tang: An American Saga is based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan. Set in New York in the 1990s at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the series will follow the Clan's formation, a vision of Bobby Digs (aka RZA), who strives to unite a dozen young black men who are torn between music and crime but who eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories. The Clan has released five gold and platinum albums and has sold 40 million albums worldwide. Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and GZA as well as the Estate of Ol' Dirty Bastard, will serve as consulting producers. The series is co-created by RZA and writer Alex Tse (SuperFly). The series will be exec produced by Imagine Television's Brian Grazer (Empire, Genius) and Francie Calfo alongside Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Method Man as well as Tse. Imagine's James Seidman will oversee for the company. Chris Robinson (Star, The New Edition Story) will direct and co-exec produce the pilot.
Sanders will play Bobby (aka The RZA). Creative and thoughtful underneath a hardened exterior, Bobby Diggs is accustomed to street life but can't let go of his dreams about music. He'd rather mess with loops and records, but knows he has to step up in order to provide for his family. Having been raised on a farm by his uncle, Bobby has a different outlook on life than his friends and brothers.
Moore will portray Sha Rader, a gunner for drug dealer Power Grant and a kid who grew up on the streets who now wields a gun without blinking. He's still got some innocence to him, however, and his friendship with Bobby makes it tough to carry out his orders.
Saunderson will play Dennis "D-Love" Coles (aka Ghostface Killah), who at 19 is a loving kid who would do anything to protect his friends and family. When he's not taking care of his two younger brothers while his mom drinks herself to sleep, Dennis serves as the right-hand man to Bobby’s older brother Divine in their increasingly competitive drug-dealing business based out of the Stapleton area. Dennis takes his role in Divine's crew seriously; he'll step up to any challenge if he feels threatened.
Callender will take on the part of Power Grant, the top dog of Park Hill, an area in the projects that he and his gang control as the chief rivals to Divine’s crew in Stapleton.
Griggs plays Shurrie, the second-youngest of four, but she's basically the woman of the house. She's taught herself how to care for others and take care of any issues around the home, all the while staying focused on school. Shurrie is in a relationship with Dennis that no one can know about.
Alexander rounds out the cast as Linda, an overworked mother of four who has been through hell and back. Now rid of her abusive husband, Linda spends most of her time at the rib shop working. She knows her relationship with her children has suffered, but has to put on a brave face and go to work in spite of it.