In his latest offering, Treach plays Chedda in Empire, a crime drama from Arenas Entertainment/Universal Pictures opening nationwide on December 6th.
Empire stars award-winning actor-writer-comedian John Leguizamo as Victor Rosa, a young and infamous Puerto Rican drug dealer who built an empire on the streets of the South Bronx. On Wall Street it's a whole other world, defined by power and privilege. These two worlds collide when Victor partners with a powerful Wall Street investment banker, played by Peter Sargaard, only to discover that the price he must pay for his new lifestyle is much more than he bargained for.
Treach's character Chedda is the lone, but equal Black member of Victor Rosa's close knit crew. Chedda is very loyal to the crew and tends to be the glue that tries to hold them together when the going gets rough. Rosa's crew has a strong hold in a good portion of the Bronx with his patented narcotic called "Empire."
Empire's international cast also includes Isabella Rossellini, Sonia Braga, Peter Sarsgaard, Denise Richards, Vincent Laresca, Nestor Serrano, Delilah Cotto, musical talent-turned actor Fat Joe. The film was written and directed by Franc. Reyes and produced by Daniel Bigel and Michael Mailer. Executive producer is Robert B. Campbell, while the co-producers are Evan Lamberg and Steven C. Beer.
Still a fixture in the world of hip-hop, Treach has successfully moved into the acting in film and televison, as well. His film debut began with the critically acclaimed urban drama Juice with Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps in 1992. Other film credits include Jason's Lyric, Who's the Man, Boricua's Blood, Love and a Bullet, Book of Love and Face, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, he took a role opposite Omar Epps, Dana Delany and Charles Dutton in the Showtime drama Conviction. He has also had a recurring role on Showtime's Soul Food, and can be seen later this year on NBC's Third Watch. Additionally, writer-director Tom Fontana of HBO's Oz wrote a specific role for Treach as a first time felon on the show, which has now led to a lead role in HBO's Baseball Wives, a new series by the creators of Oz.
While music remains Treach's first love, acting excites him. He explains, "With acting I have to get out of my body and not be Treach. I have to be someone else and it's cool to make that transition." However, he insists acting definitely takes a backseat to his music. He marks his 10th anniversary in hip-hop with Naughty by Nature latest CD, icons, in stores now. Treach makes it appear effortless, as he moves back and forth between music and acting.
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