Curtiss Cook Jr. and Gbenga Akinnagbe to recur in Hulu’s drama Wu-Tang: An American Saga season 2 in recurring roles. They are the latest to be added to the new season, Lala Anthony was also cast to recur.
Created and written by Wu-Tang Clan frontman The RZA and Alex Tse, the series is based on the Wu-Tang Clan, one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history. 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 (Ashton 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.
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The second season of the series will focus heavily on the creation of the group’s first album, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).” While also telling how the group members overcame their beefs and the odds against them to create their iconic album. Fans will also be introduced to more members of the Wu Clan.
Cook Jr. will play Mathematics. Based on the real life of Ronald Maurice Bean, AKA Mathematics, hip hop producer & DJ for the clan, as well as the artist behind the famous Wu-Tang logo.
Akinnagbe will portray Mook (John “Mook” Gibbons), first head manager of the Wu-Tang Clan. Retired from the streets, Mook now works as a bus driver to take care of his family. A wise, practical and dependable man who can think and act under pressure, his former life has left him with a skill set that makes him an unusual but potent problem solver.
Anthony will play Tracey Waples, a young, vibrant Executive at Def Jam. She’s on the pulse of good music and boldly speaks her mind. After seeing Wu-Tang live she’s completely invested, but her plan for the group might not align with their own.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga season 2 will premiere this fall. A specific date TBD.
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The series stars Ashton Sanders as Bobby Diggs/RZA, Shameik Moore as Corey Woods/Sha Raider/Raekwon, Siddiq Saunderson as Dennis Coles/D-Love/Ghostface Killah, and Julian Elijah Martinez as Mitchell “Divine” Diggs. Other series regulars include Marcus Callender as Oliver “Power” Grant, Erika Alexander as Linda Diggs, Zolee Griggs as Shurrie Diggs, and “Dave East” as Clifford Smith/Shotgun/Method Man. TJ Atoms as Russell Jones/Ason Unique/Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Johnell Xavier Young as Gary Grice/The Genius/GZA round out the series regulards.
Joey Bada$$ as Jason Hunter/Rebel/Inspectah Deck, Caleb Castille as Darryl “Chino” Hill/Cappadonna, Trayce Malachi as Young Bobby Diggs, and Jaidon Walls as Young Divine Diggs recur on the series.
Season 2 will premiere this fall.