08/20/2013 09:35 am ET

Stephen Tyrone Williams Offered Lead In New Spike Lee Movie


With Spike Lee's Kickstarter-funded new film having surpassed its set goal of $1,250,000, it's time for the director to start planning the project in earnest. Two weeks after revealing that Zaraah Abrahams was offered the female lead role in the untitled new film, Lee shared news that Stephen Tyrone Williams will co-star as the male protagonist. From Lee's Kicstarter page:

Ladies and Gentleman Mr. Stephen Tyrone Williams has been offered the Lead MALE Role in my New Spike Lee Joint. I first saw the fresh face and abundance of Talent at The Broadway Opening of the late Nora Ephron’s LUCKY GUY starring Tom Hanks Directed by My Main Man George Wolfe. Stephen’s performance as Abner Louima was haunting. The Opening Night Audience held their collective captive breath as he retells the terror of being sodomized with a Billy Club by one of New York’s Finest. At the After Party, I found Stephen and told him how much I enjoyed his performance and God Willing One day we would be able to work together. Well, that day is here. Stephen Tyrone Williams is gonna do his THANG. And That's The Bloody Truth Ruth.

There's still no word yet on the film's plot, but Lee has teased all along that it's about "human beings who are addicted to blood." The project reached its Kickstarter goal with days to spare and has amassed $1,349,071 from 6,060 backers at the writing of this post. There are 27 more hours left in Lee's Kickstarter window. More information on the film can be found here.

The Films of Spike Lee
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