“So much has changed in Harlem since you’ve been gone,” the newly freed convict is told on his ride home from prison. “And I just know you’ll get right back in the swing of things.” His reply: “I’m already back in the swings of things.”
Here is the first teaser for Godfather of Harlem, Epix’s upcoming drama series starring Forest Whitaker that depicts a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.
The Oscar winner plays infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from 10 years inside to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Nigel Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.
Vincent D’Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera, Paul Sorvino, Giancarlo Esposito, Lucy Fry, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy also star in the series, which premieres September 29 on the premium cable net.
Produced by ABC Signature Studios, the 10-episode series is written by Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein. Have a look at the teaser above, and tell us what you think.
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