As previously reported RZA from the legendary Wu-Tang clan is ready to make another on screen appearance in the upcoming kung fu movie “The Man With the Iron Fist.”
Although we have seen RZA play bits in a number of films including “Funny People” and” American Gangster”, RZA plans to take a giant Hollywood step and direct the film as well.
RZA, who has always been infatuated with kung fu movies, has worked with big name producers such as Quentin Tarantino, and the master horror producer who is working with him on “The Man With The Iron Fist,” Eli Roth.
Speaking on working with the Wu legend, Roth explained to Deadline Hollywood,
“It started with a trip RZA and I took with Quentin (Tarantino) to Iceland in 2005, we flew back, ended up snowed in Boston, staying at my parents’ house in Newton. Turned out that my dad and RZA grew up in Brooklyn and went to the same Brownsville junior high school and swam in the same public pool. He hooked me on his dream of directing and reinventing the Kung Fu movie genre. It reminded me of my love of horror.”
When RZA is on the camera he will be playing the village blacksmith in feudal China who supplies the village with all the weapons needed to help fight off the invading gangs. Roth also added about RZA’s recent trip to China to test shoot his scenes,
“It was very visual and I think he will bring to life a script that mixes kung-fu with a spaghetti Western mindset and a hip hop influence.”
Be on the lookout for RZA’s directoral debut later this year.