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Ahead of its Dec. 4th release, a trailer has surface for director Spike Lee's new movie, Chi-Raq. Lee's latest film takes an ancient Greek play, Aristophanes' Lysistrata, and flips the script by setting the plot against the backdrop of gang and gun violence in Chicago.

"Homicides in Chicago, Illinois, have surpassed the death toll of american special forces in Iraq," says the trailer's narrator, Dolmedes, played by Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson. "Welcome to Chi-Raq."

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Source: Mic/Vimeo

Leading roles include performances by Nick Cannon, the producer, writer and former musician who in 2006 hosted seasons four and five of America's Got TalentTeyonah Parris, who stared in Dear White People, How Do You Know and They Came Together, and Anya Engel-Adams, who appeared in the 2010 film April.

Nick CannonSource: Diego Corredor/AP
Nick Cannon  Diego Corredor/AP
Teyonah ParrisSource: Matthew Simmons/Getty Images
Teyonah Parris  Matthew Simmons/Getty Images

Here's the full trailer for Chi-Raq: