Azealia Banks to make her acting debut in ‘Coco’

Azealia Banks to make her acting debut in ‘Coco’

Rapper to actress

Text: Varsha Sivaram

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Directed by rapper RZA, Azealia Banks will play the title role in a new Lionsgate feature

"Everybody comes to Hollywood," pipes Madonna in her 2003 chart-topper. It appears so — with Azealia Banks being the latest music artist to cross over to film. Leaving New York City's 212 for Los Angeles, the rapper will be staring in Coco, a film directed by Wu-Tang Clan's RZA.

Azealia Banks

Playing the title character, Banks will slip into the role of a twenty-something Brooklyn rapper who follows her parents' wishes to enroll in college instead of pursuing a music career. Hip-hop artist Common will also star in this Lionsgate and Codeblack Films feature. It's also RZA's second directorial effort, following his martial arts flick The Man with the Iron Fists in 2012.

This news puts Banks in a refreshing spotlight — the rapper has been making headlines recently for her Twitter feud with musician Iggy Azalea and similar frictions with other artists. Negative press aside, we're waiting to see if she can pull off a lead role in her first acting gig, and perhaps release a couple of song tie-ins as well.