Spike Lee's Chiraq movie will not just be a gritty look at violence in Illinois, but rather a musical comedy, Screen Daily reports.
The movie will feature Jennifer Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Cusack, in a reimagining of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata, by Aristophanes. In a modern twist, the movie will reportedly revolve around a woman's quest to put the kibosh on gang violence in Chi-Town's Englewood neighborhood; the Chicago Tribune speculates that Chiraq's story will probably adhere to the play's conceit that there will be no sex till the violence ends.
Contrary to published reports, Kanye West will not be starring in Chiraq. However, his spokesperson says that there is talk of him contributing to the soundtrack if his schedule permits.