Chiraq Casting Call
Where else? St. Sabina...one of many Ground Zeroes of violence:
- Spike Lee needs extras for his new Chicago-based film, and it doesn’t sound like the “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcolm X” director is too picky.
There will be a casting call for the Amazon Studios film, which is using the working title “Chiraq,” from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at St. Sabina Academy in the Gresham neighborhood, according to a post on 4 Star Casting’s Facebook page for the film. The page said the movie could film May 19-July 10 and needs stand-ins and hundreds of extras of all ethnicities who are 7 to 75 years old, male or female.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently said Lee told him that the film would center on black-on-black violence in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Emanuel said he made it clear to Lee that he didn’t approve of the “Chiraq” title – a controversial nickname which that to the city’s reputation for violence – but he did not say whether Lee was considering changing it.
Interestingly enough, 4 Star Casting’s Facebook page for the film is called Extras4ChiTruth and does not refer to the film as “Chiraq.”
"ChiTruth?" So he'll be showing the gangs' hand in politics? Maybe this will make an appearance:
Still one of the greatest pictures ever taken of that charlatan - seated at the feet of Jeff Fort. We're sure Spike will want to look into that ChiTruth.