Chiraq” is a word you may or may not have heard of if you’re not from the mean streets of the Windy City, Chicago.
To be specific, “Chiraq,” is a slang word from the ‘hood that became synonymous with Chicago “because of its violent history and crime rates one of Americas most dangerous cities,” according to the Urban Dictionary.
“Chiraq” is also the title of a new film from Amazon(.com) Studios to be directed by Spike Lee. TheWrap is reporting that Lee is looking to bring aboard Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common and Kanye West for the production’s ensemble cast.
So far the film’s plot details have not been released, but with a name like “Chiraq,” we’ll bet anything it won’t be a musical comedy.
TheWrap goes on to point out that Common, Piven and West are all from Chicago, and are in talks for the film, but no deal is in place as of yet. However, Jackson is expected to do a cameo role.
Singers & Rappers Turned Actors
1. Alicia Keys was smokin' hot in the 2006 movie 'Smokin' Aces' and 'Empire'.Source:AP 1 of 26
2. jJill Scott made her acting debut in the fourth season of 'Girlfriends'Source:Instagram 2 of 26
3. 50 Cent lost up to 54 pounds in order to accurately portray his emaciated character in the film All Things Fall Apart.Source:Instagram 3 of 26
4. Snoop Dogg has become an enduring fixture on the big screen as well as the small screen,4 of 26
5. Mos Def starred in Monster’s Ball, 16 Blocks, The Italian Job,The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Be Kind Rewind and more.5 of 26
6. LL Cool J has been in several movies and co-stars on a popular television series NCIS Los Angeles.6 of 26
7. T.I. had a supporting role in American Gangster and was one of the lead characters in Takers.7 of 26
8. DMX has parlayed his rough, rugged, and raw presence in to several movies.8 of 26
9. Common9 of 26
10. Andre 3000 has made numerous guest appearances on television. He scored the lead role in the Jimi Hendrix biopic.10 of 26
11. Lenny Kravitz and one of the sexiest men alive, made his debut in Precious.11 of 26
12. Ludacris was in 2 Fast 2 Furious but got rave reviews for 'Crash'12 of 26
13. Eminem turned to acting in the movie 8 Mile which was loosely based on his life.13 of 26
14. Whitney sissled on the silver screen in 'The Bodyguard'14 of 26
15. Ice-T found success in Law and Order SVU as Detective Tutuola15 of 26
16. Beyonce starred alongside Idris Alba in 'Obsessed'Source:AP 16 of 26
17. We watched Will Smith grow up on 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air.Source:AP 17 of 26
18. Jennifer Hudson got an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls in her very first role.Source:PR 18 of 26
19. Ice Cube hit it big with his first major motion picture role in Boyz n the Hood.Source:PR 19 of 26
20. Queen Latifah made her venture into acting with a role in 'Jungle Fever'Source:PR 20 of 26
21. Sean "Diddy' Combs starred in 'A Rasin In The Sun'21 of 26
22. Tupac Shakur starred in 'Juice' & 'Poetic Justice'22 of 26
23. We all remember Drake from the show 'Degrassi'23 of 26
24. Bow Wow starred in 'Bounce', 'Lottery Ticket', & 'The Fast & The Furious : Tokyo Drift'24 of 26
25. Method Man had winning roles in HBO's 'The Wire', the films 'How High' & 'Red Tail'25 of 26
26. Nicki Minaj starred in 'Barber Shop: The Next Cut' as Draya26 of 26
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