Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station), Sinqua Walls (Power) and Ali Ahn (Billions) are joining the movie’s original cast including previously announced Afton Willamson, Wood Harris, Mack Wilds, Antoine Harris, David Call and Evan Handler.
Diaz, Walls and Ahn are playing new characters in the series. Diaz is Damita Alonzo, a writer for a hip New York weekly. Walls portrays Terrance ‘Lil Roy’ Baltimore, a charming and ambitious tour manager. Ahn plays Jojo Shin, the Art Director at Fouray Management, a rocker chick and free spirit who becomes Nikki’s best friend and confidant.
Inspired by Dan Charnas’ book The Big Payback, a narrative history of the hip-hop business, The Breaks is written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann (The Wire, The Walking Dead, Homeland) with a story by Mann and Charnas. John J. Strauss (Mozart in the Jungle) is joining as executive producer for the series. The film followed three young friends fulfilling their hip hop dreams in New York City in 1990. The series will continue to explore their triumph and heartbreak trying to make their mark in a new and complex hip hop culture.
Mann, Charnas, Strauss, Bill Flanagan and Darren Goldberg are executive producers on The Breaks. Maggie Malina, Chris McCarthy and Amy Doyle will serve as executive producers for VH1.
In addition to Power, Walls other TV credits include ABC’s Once Upon A Time, and Friday Night Lights and features Believe Me and From The Head. He’s repped by APA and Zero Gravity Management. Ahn’s recent TV credits including recurring roles on The Path (Hulu), Billions (Showtime) and Odd Mom Out (Bravo). She also had supporting roles in the recently released features Equity and The Girl in the Book. Ahn is repped by Gersh and ATA Management.