Actor Michael K. Williams has signed on for a role in director Spike Lee’s next project. The filmmaker recently announced the addition on his Kickstarter page.
Following the success of his crowdfunding campaign, the Inside Man director is hard at work putting together a cast for his “sexy and bloody” independent feature. Williams will reportedly star alongside Stephen Tyrone Williams and Zaraah Abrahams.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have added a great talent to our stellar two leads. My main man, Brooklyn’s finest Michael K. Williams, has joined the cast of my newest hottest joint,” Lee wrote earlier this week.
He continued, “Omar in The Wire was not the usual bland, black, ghetto, street thug we’ve seen eight million times. I had the pleasure of working with Michael in my film Miracle at St. Anna. Now my Brooklyn bro is doing his thang as Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire. We ain’t playin’.”
In addition to Michael K. Williams, Spike Lee announced that Raphael Saadiq has been approached to provide the score for his as-of-yet-untitled production. It’s currently unclear when production on the flick is expected to begin.
While Spike Lee is understandably excited about his upcoming endeavor, not everyone agreed with the decision to ask his fans for cash. The folks at Kickstarter recently discussed the matter with Entertainment Weekly. According to the website, crowdfunding is not the same as begging.
“Every project offers a range of rewards to backers in exchange for their pledges. Spike’s backers get online screenings, tickets to the premiere, and access to the creative process of one of the most important voices in independent film,” Kickstarter said in a statement.
While they’re waiting for his new project to get going, fans of Spike Lee can check out his latest flick Oldboy in theaters this November. The remake of the South Korean classic stars Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, and Elizabeth Olsen.
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