Wu Tang Clan is for the … film lovers. In recent years Wu Tang Clan’s RZA has been turning his focus from rap to filmmaking, making his directorial debut in 2012 with The Man With The Iron Fists,; a tribute to classic martial arts movies. He returned last year with an 8 Mile-reminiscent movie — Love Beats Rhymes, which starred Azealia Banks as an aspiring young rapper.
He unveiled the trailer for his latest project Cut Throat City on Saturday at San Diego Comic Con. It’s a heist film that takes place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where four childhood friends return home to New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward to no home, no job and “no help from FEMA.”
“Reluctantly turning to a local gangster for work, the friends are hired to pull off a daring heist in the heart of the city,” reads the movie’s synopsis. “But the job goes bad and they find themselves on the run, hunted by two idealistic detectives and a neighborhood warlord who thinks the friends stole the heist money.” The friends flip the script on The Man to get what they need.
Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard, & T.I. star alongside Shameik Moore, Denzel Whitaker, Eiza González, Isaiah Washington, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Keean Johnson, and Kat Graham. RZA told fans at Comic Con that he’s “trying to tell the story of America through my music and films. You have talent, ambition and aspiration but those things get washed away. When they get washed away you turn to desperation.”
Cut Throat City hits theaters in 2019, but you can watch the trailer below.