Get a First Look at Forest Whitaker’s Godfather of Harlem


A First Look at Forest Whitaker's Godfather of Harlem

Get a first look at Forest Whitaker’s Godfather of Harlem

Epix has released the first photos of their upcoming crime drama series Godfather of Harlem, giving us our first look at Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker’s character Bumpy Johnson, a infamous crime boss of the 1960s. The photo also feature some of the series’ cast including Nigel Thatch’s Malcolm X. Check out the photos below (via Entertainment Weekly).

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Godfather for Harlem tells the story of crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned after 10 years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy takes on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X — catching his political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart. The series is described as a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

The series also stars Antoinette Crowe-Legacy as Elise, Vincent D’Onofrio as Vincent Giganter and Ilfenesh Hadera as Mayme Johnsom, Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X, Giancarlo Esposito as Adam Clayton Powell and Rafi Gavron as Ernie Nunzi.

Whitaker is set to executive produce alongside his Significant Productions banner topper Nina Yang Bongiovi, James Acheson and Markuann Smith along with Chris Brancato (Narcos) and Paul Eckstein, also serving as writers for the ABC Signature Studios project.

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Godfather of Harlem serves as Whitaker’s first series regular role since he starred in CBS’ Criminal Minds spinoff Suspect Behavior in 2011. He won the Oscar for his leading role in The Last King of Scotland and had a recurring role on Fox’s Empire. Godfather of Harlem joins a scripted roster for Epix, including drama Berlin Station and comedy Get Shorty. The deal comes after Wright took over the cabler for Mark Greenberg five months ago.

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