Deadline is reporting that Julian Elijah Martinez, Dave East and Vinnie Pastore are the latest names to join the cast of Hulu drama series Wu-Tang: An American Saga, a ten-episode drama focusing on one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history.
Created and written by Wu-Tang Clan frontman The RZA and writer Alex Tse, the series is set in early 90’s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs 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. Chris Robinson is set to direct and co-executive produce the pilot episode.
Julian Elijah Martinez (whose credits include Elementary and Madame Secretary) will be playing the series regular role of Divine. Clean cut and serious, Divine wears the uniform of a street boss. At a young age, he’s become a name to be remembered, but is ready to move a step up. He keeps a tight watch on his crew, often coming down hard on his little brother, Bobby. When Divine gets locked up, he tries to keep the operation moving from behind bars.
Dave East (whose credits include The Breaks and Beats) will be playing the series regular role of Shotgun. Tall, with a knack for rhymes, Shotgun takes pride in being the assistant manager at the concession stand next to the Statue of Liberty. A popular figure in Staten Island, he stays above the turf wars.
Vinnie Pastore (whose credits include The Sopranos and Hawaii Five O) will be recurring as Larry, who runs a local rib joint and can be found chatting his customers ears off about the lavish history of Staten Island and its Italian influence.
The series is being executive produced by Wu-Tang clan members The RZA and Method Man, alongside Alex Tse and Imagine Television’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Fellow Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and GZA, as well as the estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, will serve as consulting producers.