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Rapper RZA Set to Direct New Film ‘Breakout’

RZA in 'The Man with the Iron Fists'
RZA in ‘The Man with the Iron Fists’

Legendary rapper/producer RZA, is set to direct Breakout, a new thriller being released by Amasia Entertainment.

“RZA will direct from a script by Richard D’Ovidio, based on a story from Richard D’Ovidio and Nicole D’Ovidio about a young photographer falsely arrested in Bangladesh for drug trafficking,” Variety reports. “His prominent father enlists two old friends to help him break his son out of prison and uncover the truth.”

RZA’s first feature film, The Man with the Iron Fists, was not a financial or critical success, however, it remained clear that RZA had skill as a director, with an eye for action sequences in particular. RZA’s foray into television and film isn’t new. Since 1995, he’s served as a composer on multiple TV shows and films, including high profile jobs on Straight Outta Compton (2015), Django Unchained (2012) and Pacfic Rim (2013).

“The multi-talented RZA has mastered the art of music, acting and filmmaking,” said Amasia executives Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant. “We are ecstatic to have him behind the camera on our next project as he brings a fresh and innovative take to this international action thriller from Rich D’Ovidio.”

RZA’s next upcoming film, Coco, will star Azealia Banks, Common, John David Washington, Hana Mae Lee and Jill Scott. It’s slated for a March 2016 release.

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