Spike Lee casts HBO drama, movie

    Between a HBO drama with Mike Tyson and a hip-hop horror movie, Spike Lee’s a busy man these days.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director has just cast the stars of his upcoming HBO series "Da Brick." John Boyega of Attack The Block, a British Sci-Fi comedy, will head up the cast as Donnie.

    "Da Brick" starts as Donnie is released from juvenile detention on his 18th birthday, determined to straighten up his act.  At it’s heart, "Da Brick" is supposed to be an examination of what young Black men go through in America today.

    Milauna Jemai is set to play Donnie’s mother, Lynette, while Julito McCullium of "The Wire" will play his best friend, Kevin. Kamahl Naiqui Palmer has been cast as Donnie’s buddy Malik, who is really the moral compass for their group of friends.

    Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is acting an executive producer for the series, set in Newark, New Jersey.

    Meanwhile, Spike’s getting ready for the debut of his thriller You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You. AllHipHop.com reports that Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane and Ed Lover all make an appearance in the film.

    James McDaniel, Michael K. Williams, Michael Mosley and Nashawn Kearse also landed roles in the horror flick.

    The movie follows two New York homicide detectives as they track down a serial killer who has made a game of picking off hip-hop legends. You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You is slated to premiere at the Williamsburg International Film Festival on September 23 in Brooklyn.

     

     

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