Forest Whitaker Stars In New Miniseries ‘Godfather of Harlem’ Coming To EPIX

New Miniseries ‘Godfather Of Harlem‘ Starring Forest Whitaker Set To Air In Fall On Epix

Forest Whitaker is an American actor, producer, and director who was born July 15, 1961. He is well known for his intensive character study work for films such as The Crying Game, The Great Debaters, The Butler, Arrival, Platoon, Ghost Dog, The way of The Samurai, and Bird. He may also be known for his well-played roles in Rouge One: A Star Wars Story as Saw Gerrera and Black Panther as Zuri. Whitaker has also received awards for his performance as a Ugandan director Idi Amin in the film The Last King of
Scotland. He received the Academy Award, BAFTA award, Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review Award. He also received the Screen Actors Guild Award as well as various critics groups’ awards for his leading performances.

Recently it was announced that Whitaker will be taking on a new role in a mini 10-episode series on EPIX titled “Godfather of Harlem” where he will be playing legendary crime figure, Bumpy Johnson. The series is written by Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein. It was inspired by the actual infamous Bumpy Johnson and the store his life told after being released from prison in the early ’60s. The neighborhood he once ruled was in shambles and the streets were controlled by the Italian Mob. Bumpy’s goal is to take on the Genovese family and regain control. In the midst of Bumpy’s rough battle, he meets preacher Malcolm X catching his political rise in the tangled web of social disturbance.

Watch The ‘Godfather of Harlem‘ Trailer below:


The miniseries is set to appear on EPIX and EPIX now in the fall. We can expect to see Forest Whitaker as mentioned who will play the lead role as Bumpy Johnson. Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy as Elise, Vincent D’Onofrio as Vincent Giganter, Ilfenesh Hadera as Mayme Johnson, Giancarlo Esposito as Adam Clayton Powell and Rafi Gavron as Ernie Nunzi.

Whitaker, Brancato, and Eckstein will also be executive producing alongside Nina Yang Bongiovi, James Acheson and Markuann Smith.

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