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Jennifer Hudson joins fellow cast in Spike Lee’s Chiraq
By Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Staff Writer
Published May 30, 2015

Academy award winner Jennifer Hudson has been cast in Spike Lee’s upcoming film Chiraq, according to Screen Daily.  The Chicago native is joined by John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Common and Samuel L. Jackson.  Billed as a “musical comedy,” Lee’s version substitutes Chicago for Athens and gang violence for city-state violence. Lee has been criticized for the title (combining the names Chicago and Iraq) from aldermen and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who told the director that the title was unfair to residents. But the filmmaker said his intent was holding up a mirror to what is happening on the ground in the city. He said the subject was “serious business” and he would approach it as “real life and death.” “A lot of things have been said about this film,” Lee said at the news conference, “By people who know nothing about the film. A lot of people have opinions about the so-called title of the film. Again, they know nothing about the film.” “We have to stop the madness. This is insane,” Lee said, noting that he attended a funeral on Tuesday after someone on the film’s production team was gunned down in the city. “This is not a joke, this is not a game, this is real life and death and that’s the way we are going to approach.” Filming is expected to take place in Chicago May 19 through July 10 reports

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