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Kanye West Will Not Appear in Upcoming Spike Lee Film 'Chiraq'

by Erika Benton-Martin   May 15, 2015 15:58 PM EDT

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In early April, rumors began to swirl that Kanye West would appear in Spike Lee's upcoming film, Chiraq. According to Yeezy's reps, the reports are not true.

A representative for Yeezy told Pitchfork that, "Contrary to published reports, Kanye West will not be starring in Chiraq. However, there are discussions for West's possible involvement in the film's soundtrack, schedule permitting."

So there is hope that the "All Day" rapper will have some involvement in the film.

As noted by XXL, Chiraq is a musical-comedy about a woman who wants to end gang violence in Chicago and is based on the Greek tale Lysistrata. Jennifer Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack are set to star in the film.

Music Times previously reported that Common would also star in Chiraq. The Chicago lyricist recently made his impact on film with his song "Glory" alongside John Legend, which won the Oscar for Best Original Song. He has appeared on the big screen playing roles of varying importance in films like Date Night, Wanted, Terminator Salvation and American Gangster.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Lee was in Chicago is January to conduct research with the help of Reverend Michael Pfleger. "Thanks to Director/Actor Spike Lee," Pfleger wrote on his Facebook page. "Who spent the day at St. Sabina yesterday talking and interviewing....People who cover the violence, Principals who deal with violence in and around their schools, Brothers from the Blocks who live in it every day and Parents who have lost their children to Violence.....He spent the day from early morning till late in the night....listening and asking questions to try and get a deeper understanding of the plague of violence. Thanks Spike for caring and wanting to understand."

Chiraq will be released online and in theaters via Amazon Original Movies.

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