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Spike Lee's 'Chiraq' to hold casting call, hints at possible title change

Written by
Andrew Morrell

Spike Lee's next film, currently known by its controversial working title "Chiraq," is looking for extras. An open casting call will take place this Saturday at St. Sabina Academy in Gresham from 10am to 6pm. If you're worried about making the cut, your nerves may be assuaged by the fact that the casting call is for "Males/Females, All Ethnicities, Ages 7-75."

One interesting tidbit gleaned from the casting agency's Facebook page: Not once is the film referred to as "Chiraq." The posts make reference to the film as simply "SPIKE LEE FILM," raising questions of whether Lee may be considering changing the title in response to the backlash against it. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called Lee recently to express his concern over the title, although there was no comment on whether or not he would change it.

Photography for the film is set to run from May 19 to July 10. A release date has not yet been announced.

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