Wu-Tang: An American Saga — “C.R.E.A.M.” – Episode 209 Divine (Julian Elijah Martinez), Shotgun (Dave East), Rebel (Uyoata Udi), shown. (Photo by: Vanessa Clifton/Hulu)
Uyoata Udi, Julian Elijah Martinez and Marcus Callender are part of the cast in Wu-Tang: An American Saga season two on Hulu. A series that gives a backstory of how the popular 1990’s group Wu-Tang Clan was able to find success in rap music when it didn’t seem possible.
The Clan is disillusioned with life in the projects, and Bobby (Ashton Sanders, “Moonlight”) knows that success in the music industry could be their ticket to better lives. But getting the Clan members to drop everything for music isn’t easy. The resentment between Dennis (Siddiq Saunderson, “Messiah”), Sha (Shameik Moore, “Spider-Man: Intro The Spider-Verse”), Power (Marcus Callender, “Power”) and Divine (Julian Elijah Martinez, “Prodigal Son”) still runs deep, while the other Clan members struggle dealing with intercity life. This time around, Bobby is dedicated to authenticity and though he knows he can lead his crew through the challenges of the music business, the Clan’s fractures may prove too much to overcome.
Uyoata Udi has been the only Nigerian to be in the three time Tony winning musical Fela! In addition to other Broadway productions like Amazing Grace the Musical. Udi has appeared in short films like For the Record and I Am Vladdy Lipshitz. As well as television series like the Watchmen, This is Us and now playing Jason Richard Hunter AKA Rebel/Inspectah Deck in Wu-Tang: An American Saga season two.
Julian Elijah Martinez attended Elon University and Yale School of Drama before performing on Broadway. He has made appearances in television series like Elementary, Dominant Species and Prodigal. Photography is a passion and is also a teacher.
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Marcus Callender began his career almost ten years ago. He made his debut on television in the CBS television series Blue Bloods. Callender has been seen in other television series like Shades of Blue, VH1’s The Breaks and Starz Power. Earlier this year he was seen in CBS The Equalizer starring Queen Latifah.
I had the opportunity to participate on the press day for Wu-Tang: An American Saga Season Two. Uyoata Udi, Julian Elijah Martinez and Marcus Callender were some of the cast members I had the opportunity to speak to. The three cast members shared their excitement to be returning and how the clan stays together in the new season.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga Returns for Season Two September 8th, 2021 on Hulu.