‘Chi-raq’ to be Amazon’s first original film


CHICAGO — Amazon’s first-ever original movie will be Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” the company announced Wednesday. The controversial film with a focus on violence in Chicago was shot entirely in the city and wrapped up last week.

“Chi-raq” features a cast including Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson and Teyonah Parris, as well as D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris and Angela Bassett, plus John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. The film is directed by Lee.

“I’m honored to be part of the film that will launch Amazon Studios and to tell a story that is so important,” Lee said. “Please don’t be fooled by the title of ‘Chi-Raq'”

Some city leaders and community activists have said that they don’t like the name “Chi-raq.” They believe it may be used to glorify Chicago’s violence.

Ted Hope, Head of Motion Picture Production at Amazon Studios, says this might be Lee’s greatest film yet.


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