Brooklyn rap veteran Mos Def continues his hand at packing onto an extensive acting career by agreeing to appear on Showtime television series “Dexter” set to premiere later this year.
According to reports, Def agreed to appear in multiple episodes.
Mos Def has finalized a deal for a multi-episode arc on the sixth season of “Dexter,” according to sources. The actor and hip-hop artist will play a hardened ex-con who claims to have found religion yet seems to continually find himself surrounded by violence. Michael C. Hall‘s Dexter will reveal the truth of who he really is. (Billboard)
With production set to kick-off next month, Def is slated to appear on the series as a bad guy.
Production on the sixth season of the Showtime drama thriller begins in June with an eye toward a fall bow. Mos Def joins Colin Hanks — who will appear in all 12 episodes — as one of the upcoming season’s villains. Hanks will play Travis, Dexter’s main nemesis and a highly intelligent ancient artifacts expert who is linked to a series of grisly murders in Miami. (Hollywood Reporter)
Last year, Def made headlines for linking up with Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music artist roster.
The Brooklyn MC and West talk about the deal and break down their musical relationship in the October issue of XXL, which comes out on Tuesday and features a Kanye cover story. And Mos Def makes an appearance on West’s G.O.O.D. Friday single “Lord, Lord, Lord,” along with Swizz Beatz, Raekwon and singer Charlie Wilson. Mos’ decision to join G.O.O.D. Music follows the release of his last album, The Ecstatic, on indie label Downtown Records in 2009. The rapper/actor and Kanye first collaborated on the Chicago MC’s College Dropout, for “Two Words,” and then again on “Drunk and Hot Girls” from (MTV)
In addition to Def hopping to Showtime, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA will also appear on the network’s popular series “Californication.”
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)
Check out some Mos Def acting footage below: