It has been announced that some key characters in Wu-Tang: An American Saga will recur in the Hulu produced show. Actors Anthony Chisholm (Random Acts of Flyness), Armen Garo (The Sopranos) and Caleb Castille (Run The Race) are set to in the 10-episode drama from the minds of Wu-Tang Clan frontman The RZA, writer Alex Tse (Superfly) and Imagine Television.
Created and written by The RZA and Alex Tse, the series is based on the Wu-Tang Clan, one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history. The show explores and expands on themes of the band's world. Set in early '90s New York, birthplace of some of the greatest rap music of all time, at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, where the Clan's formation is a vision of Bobby Diggs (Ashton Sanders) aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of success stories. The NY City landscape, the music, the people, the situations unarguably an American Saga to the core. Bobby Diggs plays chess at the park where he meets Anthony Chisholm, who plays the Old Chess Player, an older man with a sense of humor. In line with his experienced mind, Chisolm beats Bobby in some games of chess.
Armen Garo will play an Italian mobster, Vinne, a friend of Fat Larry and Paxti. Castille will portray Darryl "Chino" Hill, an inmate in the same prison as Divine, who is from the neighborhood rival gang. Wu Tang's story of going from a gang of misfits in the harsh street world of NYC will be rich with tales straight from the mouth's of those who lived it. RZA is not only writing and executive producing, Wu Tang group members Ghostface Killa, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and GZA as well as the Estate of Ol' Dirty Bastard, will serve as consulting producers so staying true to their story will be a priority throughout the production.
Imagine's Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will executive produce with James Seidman to oversee the project for the Imagine side of things.
Chisholm is a well versed actor who was most recently seen on television in the HBO series, Random Acts of Flyness, and onstage in the Tony-winning revival of Jitney. In addition to his stage roles, Chisholm has done quite a bit on TV and film. His credits include Oz, High Maintenance, Shades of Blue, Reign Over Me, Premium Rush and Spike Lee's Chi-Raq. Chisholm is currently represented by Jeremy Katz at The Katz Company.
Garo is known for his roles as Corrado Galasso in HBO's Vinyl and Salvatore 'Coco' Cogliano in The Sopranos. Garo is represented by The Lisa Lax Agency.
Castille will next been seen as the male lead of the feature The World We Make. He previously starred in the independent features Run The Race and Woodlawn. Castille is represented by Gersh and Echo Lake Entertainment. This news comes from Deadline.