*Chicago natives Jennifer Hudson, Common have been cast in Spike Lee’s upcoming film “Chiraq,” according to Screen Daily.
Also slated to appear are John Cusack, Jeremy Piven and Samuel L. Jackson. Despite early reports, Chicago native Kanye West will not appear in the film.
An update on the plot has also been released. It’s now billed as a “musical comedy” based on Aristophanes’ classic Greek play Lysistrata, where the women of ancient Greece withheld sex from the men to force a peace treaty ending the Peloponnesian War.
Lee’s version substitutes Chicago for Athens and gang violence for city-state violence.
The project, produced by Amazon Studios, is currently being shopped for international distribution at Cannes.