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Damon Gupton Takes The Lead As D.A. Adam Powell In New AMC Legal Thriller

Damon Gupton Takes The Lead As D.A. Adam Powell In New AMC Legal Thriller

Damon Gupton (The Newsroom, Prime Suspect, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) has landed the lead role in AMC’s untitled Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn project, described as a legal thriller with major political, personal and ethical stakes.

It centers on a district attorney named Adam Powell who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case.

Gupton will play Adam Powell (I read that and immediately think of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.).

LaGravenese will write and executive produce alongside Goldwyn, who will direct. By the way, Goldwyn plays President Fitzgerald Grant on Shonda Rhimes' Scandal; he's a director in his own right, helming episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Damages, Private Practice, Dexter, Justified, and others. 

Marin Ireland (Homeland, Mildred Pierce) is already attached to play the female lead.

Gupton's screen resume comprises primarily of TV work, and his lead casting in this new AMC project could very well be a career coup for the actor. He recently appeared on stage in Broadway's Tony Award-winning play Clybourne Park.

With Low Winter Sun (which includes Erika Alexander and Lennie James in its cast), and the hit series The Walking Dead (which will see Danai Gurira as heavy fan fave Michonne in its upcoming third season), AMC's original scripted programming lineup looks strong.

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Comments

ALM

I'm not familiar with his work, but congrats to him. I look forward to watching the show.

AccidentalVisitor

"With Low Winter Sun (which includes Erika Alexander and Lennie James in its cast), and the hit series The Walking Dead (which will see Danai Gurira as heavy fan fave Michonne in its upcoming third season), AMC's original scripted programming lineup looks strong." Well, let's be fair. The lineup looks as if it is overall well-represented with black faces, but outside of The Walking Dead the quality of the other shows remain to be seen. And I'm still ticked off with The Walking Dead because of the Tyreese-absence. That being said congrats to Mr. Gupton who has seemingly come out of nowhere to get the lead role on an AMC show. It is an understatement to say this is rare territory. It is noteworthy when any black actor/actress gets the lead. But typically the people picked are ones who are relatively known like Fishburne when he got the CSI gig.

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Akimbo

AWESOME! It has been such a long time coming for this amazingly talented & supremely underrated actor. Random: he conducts symphonies, too.

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