Billy Magnussen, who plays Kato Kaelin in FX’s upcoming 10-hour limited series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, is expanding his relationship with the network with another project about events from Los Angeles’ recent history. Magnussen has been tapped as one of the leads of Snowfall, FX’s drama pilot from John Singleton about the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s.
Co-created and co-written by the Boyz n the Hood director Singleton and Eric Amadio and directed by Singleton, Snowfall is set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. It follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller (Magnussen), a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow. When he sees an opportunity to reverse his fortunes, Miller risks everything to become a player in the burgeoning cocaine trade in Los Angeles.
The pilot, from FX Prods., is executive produced by Singleton, Amadio, Justified’s Dave Andron, Michael London of Groundswell Prods., and Trevor Engelson. Production is slated to begin this summer.
Boardwalk Empire alum Magnussen co-starred in Into The Woods and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike. He will next be seen in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies. Magnussen is repped by WME, Anonymous Content, BRS/Gage and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.