Coco (2017 musical film)
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Coco is an upcoming American musical drama film directed by RZA. The film stars Azealia Banks as a twenty five-year-old female rapper from Brooklyn, New York who wants to pursue a music career. Coco also stars Lorraine Toussaint, Jill Scott, Lucien Laviscount, MC Jin, Hana Mae Lee, and Common. The film is awaiting release by CodeBlack Films and Lionsgate.
- Azealia Banks as Coco
- Lorraine Toussaint as Nichelle, Coco's mother
- Common as Coltrane, Coco's mentor
- Lucien Laviscount as Derek
- Hana Mae Lee as Julie
- Jill Scott as Professor Dixon
- John David Washington as Mahlik
- MC Jin as Jin
- Mary Christina Brown as Sapphire
- Jeremie Harris as Matt
- Caleb Eberhardt as Reasons
- Esperanza Spalding as Herself
- Liam Smith as Coco Stalker #1
On May 26, 2015, it was announced that Azealia Banks will be making her feature film debut in Coco directed by Rza and produced by Lionsgate. Lorraine Toussaint, Common, Jill Scott, Hana Mae Lee, and Lucien Laviscount were also cast. Filming began in New York City in late May 2015 in Wagner College, Staten Island and concluded in late June 2015. An initial March 11, 2016 release date was pushed back to a date still undetermined. When referring to the film in a June 2016 interview, RZA told Rolling Stone that "Coco is done. It's in Lionsgate's hands now. Movie companies have to figure out the best time to put their movies out. So I don't know if it'll be this year or next year."
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