Last year, we got the news that Wu-Tang’s story is also about to become a dramatic series.
Created and written by The RZA and Tse, the series is based on the Wu-Tang Clan, one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history, and will explore and expand the band’s world.
The series chronicles the early days of the Wu and its formation in the early 1990s and while touching on the impact the crack-era 1980s had on Black families in Staten Island and New York City.
Right now, it looks like the show has taken the fascinating tack of casting actual present-day New York rappers as Wu-Tang members. Yesterday, Joey Bada$$ did an interview with New York radio queen Angie Martinez. And after a bit of hemming and hawing, he announced that he’s playing Inspectah Deck in the show.
Joey Bada$$ has obviously always been in love with the New York rap of the ’90s, and his crew Beast Coast just released the album 'Escape From New York', which is very clearly Wu-Tang-inspired. And Joey has some experience acting; he’s played Leon on 12 episodes of Mr. Robot and also done a couple of episodes of BET’s Boomerang series. But Joey looks nothing like Inspectah Deck, and he’s still got his braids in that Angie Martinez interview, so he hasn’t shaved his head or anything.
In that same interview, Joey also mentions another piece of casting news: The Harlem rapper Dave East will play Method Man. Unlike Joey Bada$$, Dave East doesn’t have much acting experience, though he did recently say that he’ll be in a movie called Beats, set to come out later this month on Netflix. But Dave East does have the advantage of looking a whole lot like Method Man.
Check out the interview below.