Aisha Hinds, Tequan Richmond, Alex Henderson, Sierra McClain, Olivia Dawson and Jason Weaver have all been cast in Showtime’s pilot ordered hour-long drama created, executive produced and written by Lena Waithe, and executive produced by Common.
Produced by Fox 21, the untitled project is described as a timely coming-of-age story of a young African American male, in which just growing up can be a matter of life and death.
In addition to Waithe and Common, the pilot will be executive produced by Aaron Kaplan and Elwood Reid, and directed and executive produced by Clark Johnson, with filming set to beg in Chicago later this year.
“The two creative forces behind the show, both hailing from Chicago’s South Side, give this pilot an unparelled authenticity,” said David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. “Lena Waithe is an extremely fresh, talented young writer with a unique voice and a deeply thoughtful perspective into the world where she grew up. I immediately gravitated to her script, which is emotional, funny, tragic and relevant, all at once. And, we are so fortunate to have artist and visionary Common for his first producing project in scripted television.”
As previously noted, Showtime has “high hopes” for the project, adding to being “blown away” by Waithe’s script.
Maybe this will serve as a complement to Spike Lee’s upcoming feature film, “Chi-Raq.”