'Wu-Tang: An American Saga': Dave East To Star As Method Man In Hulu Drama, Joining Ashton Sanders And Shameik Moore

March 5th 2019

Rapper Dave East is among the latest to join the upcoming scripted drama series on the start of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Julian Elijah Martinez has also joined as a regular on the series, which is toplined by Ashton Sanders as the RZA and also stars Shameik Moore (Sha Rader), Marcus Callendar (Oliver "Power" Grant)), Erika Alexander,  Siddiq Saunderson (Ghosteface Killah) and Zolee Griggs.

Created and written by Alex Tse (Superfly) and group frontman RZA, Wu-Tang: An American Saga has a 10-episode order from Hulu. Method Man is among the executive producers. Ghostface Killa, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and GZA are consulting producers. Chris Robinson will direct and co-executive produce the pilot.

The official description: Set in early '90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan's formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs (Sanders) aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, Black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Martinez's character will be Divine, Bobby's brother and the future CEO of Wu-Tang Productions, described as "Clean cut and serious, Divine wears the uniform of a street boss. At a young age, he’s become a name to be remembered but is ready to move a step up. He keeps a tight watch on his crew, often coming down hard on his little brother, Bobby. When Divine gets locked up, he tries to keep the operation moving from behind bars."

East will portray Shotgun, described as "Tall and with a knack for rhymes. Shotgun takes pride in being the assistant manager at the concession stand next to the Statue of Liberty. A popular figure in Staten Island, he stays above the turf wars." The character is based on Method Man.

This role is the major acting debut for East (real name David Brewster Jr.), who appeared as himself in an episode of BET's Being Mary Jane and guest-starred as a character on VH1's The Breaks. 

There's no word yet on when the series will debut.

Deadline broke this latest casting news.

 

READ MORE:

'Wu-Tang: An American Saga': Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore And Erika Alexander Among 6 Cast In Scripted Hulu Drama

Wu-Tang Clan Drama Series Ordered At Hulu, Created By RZA And 'Superfly' Writer Alex Tse

 

Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images, Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

 

 

by Trey Mangum on March 5th 2019

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