News: RZA Protects His Neck, Pops Up W/ "Californication" Role

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 11:50AM

Written by Biz Jones

Wu-Tang Clan's RZA continues to broaden his acting resume, as new reports claim he has been recruited to star in the next season of Showtime's hit television series, "Californication".

According to reports, RZA will take on the role of a music mogul named Apocalypse.

The Showtime comedy has tapped Grammy winning hip-hop pioneer, Wu-Tang Clan leader and occasional actor Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (a.k.a. The RZA) to join the cast in a major recurring role. Diggs -- whose acting resume includes roles in Ghost Dog, Due Date and Repo Man -- will play a slightly dangerous hip-hop mogul who Hank (David Duchovny) considers writing a movie for. The tentative name of Diggs' character is Apocalypse. (TV Line)

With the show's production set to take place in May, details on "Californication"'s latest story angle  have already begun circulating.

Californication stars Duchovny in his Golden Globe-winning role as hedonistic novelist Hank Moody who struggles to raise his teenage daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin), while still carrying a torch for his ex-girlfriend Karen (Natascha McElhone). The new season will answer questions from last month's cliff-hanging season finale, including whether Hank, Karen and Becca will finally be able to live as a family, if Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy's (Pamela Adlon) new baby will help reunite the now-divorced couple and, especially, to where, exactly, Hank was driving off into the sunset. (TV By The Numbers)

In addition to referencing the show on Timbaland's "Say Something" track, rapper/singer Drake tweeted about "Californication" throughout its recent season earlier this year.

"Zoe Kravitz on Californication...my two favorite things in the world. But she's not a thing...she's everything.," he tweeted January 30th.
"Hank Moody just hit Kravitz with the "Thank Me Later" on Californication when he serves her dinner. Ur a god Moody," Drake tweeted March 13th. (Drake's Twitter)

RZA has been cast and involved in multiple films including 2003's Kill Bill, Volume 1 and American Gangster.

RZA is one of the most prominent figures in hip hop music and the creator/producer of the Wu-Tang Clan. He is a BAFTA-nominated film composer, recording artist and actor with an extremely distinguished body of work in music, scoring for filmmakers such as Ridley Scott, Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino. RZA wrote the score for the Emmy-nominated American adaptation of the Japanese anime Afro Samurai. This year, he made his directorial debut with The Man with the Iron Fists, which he co-wrote with Eli Roth. He also stars in the film as "The Blacksmith." RZA has appeared in Repo Me, The Next Three Days, and Due Date. Some other acting credits include Funny People, American Gangster, Life is Hot in Crack Town, and Derailed. (Daemons TV)

Check out some recent RZA footage down below:

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