Somalia-born and Canadian-raised rapper K’naan will team with Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow on a new HBO drama series that will focus on Jihadi recruitment in the United States. The series, titled The Recruiters, “will draw open an iron curtain behind which viewers will see the highly impenetrable world of Jihadi recruitment,” HBO said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Recruiters will be set in Minnesota with K’naan on board to write and direct the pilot; Bigelow will serve in an executive producer role. The Hurt Locker director previously partnered with HBO for The Most Miraculous Year, a drama series that wasn’t picked up after the pilot was filmed.
On K’naan’s Twitter, the rapper-songwriter has posted multiple audition announcements for Toronto and Minnesota, with the series seeking a “young Somali man” for the lead role. In K’naan’s childhood in Somalia, he witnessed three of his young friends get gunned down during the African nation’s bloody civil war, an incident he wrote about for the New York Times in 2011.
Toronto, your chance to audition! pic.twitter.com/1mwmVQtLn8
— K’naan Warsame (@KNAAN) December 11, 2015
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While K’naan has released four albums, most recently 2012’s Country, God or the Girl, The Recruiters would mark his first television project.