Jennifer Hudson Joins Cast of Spike Lee's Chicago Musical 'Chiraq'

Jennifer Hudson arrives at The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards 2015

Jennifer Hudson arrives at The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 

Jennifer Hudson is set to join the ensemble cast of Spike Lee's upcoming film Chiraq, according to Screen Daily. Also slated to appear is fellow Illinois natives Common and John Cusack, as well as Jeremy Piven and Samuel L. Jackson. Despite early reports, Kanye West will not appear in the film. 

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The news also comes with updates on the plot -- the "musical comedy" is based on Aristophanes' classic Greek play Lysistrata, where the women of ancient Greece withheld sex from the men to force a peace treaty ending the Peloponnesian War. Lee's version substitutes Chicago for Athens and gang violence violence.

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No word on when shooting is scheduled to begin, but the project, produced by Amazon Studios (yes, that Amazon), is currently being shopped for international distribution at Cannes.


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