Don Cheadle to direct series about Black Panther frontman for Apple TV+

Today it was announced that Apple TV+ and Warner Bros. Television team up to create The big cigara limited series that will tell the true story of the leader of the Black Panthers Huey P.Newtonescapes to Cuba. Moonlight Star Andre Holland is currently in talks to play.

The big cigar Will “tells the extraordinary, hilarious, almost too good to be true story” of Newton’s escape to Cuba with the help of a Hollywood producer Bert Schnider, as the FBI conducts a nationwide manhunt to catch him. The series is set to be produced by Janine Sherman BarroisNAACP Image Award winner, who has previously worked on shows like Criminal minds and The Kings of Napa, and who will also serve as showrunner. Additionally, Don Cheadle is set to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the six-episode limited series. Cheadle has already directed episodes of his series house of lies.


Holland is in talks to play Newton on the show. This won’t actually be Holland’s first turn playing a historical figure at the center of the civil rights movement, as the Moonlight star previously appeared in 2014 Selma like Andrew Young. Holland’s other roles include american horror story, The Knickand The Eddie.


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The series was written by Jim Hecht based on a renowned journalist Joshua Bearman‘s 2013 Playboy article “The Big Cigar: How a Hollywood Producer Smuggled Huey Newton to Cuba.” Hecht’s previous writing credits include the HBOMax series Buying Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, about the Showtime era of the Los Angeles Lakers. Bearman is a journalist who has written for publications such as Rolling Stone and The New York Times and his 2007 article for Wired served as the basis for the 2013 Best Picture Oscar winner. Argo.

The big cigar is produced in part by Sherman Barrois Folding Chair Production, which has an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. The series will be produced by Sherman Barrois and Hecht with Bearman, Joshua Davisand Arthur Spector also an executive producer through their production company Epic.

This limited series is just the latest collaboration between Apple TV+ and Warner Bros. Television. The pair are currently working together on the highly acclaimed comedy Ted Lasso. They also recently announced a collaboration that will see Harrison Ford featured in the series Contraction from Jason Segel and Ted Lassoit’s bill laurent and Brett Goldstein. The series will also be the second collaboration between Bearman’s production company, Epic and Apple TV+, as they recently worked together on the BAFTA-nominated comedy-drama. Little America by Bearman, Spector, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordonand Lee Eisenberg

Stay tuned to Collider for future updates to this limited series.


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