Phylicia Rashad to Lead Tarell Alvin McCraney TV Series

Film & TV News   Phylicia Rashad to Lead Tarell Alvin McCraney TV Series
The new show, titled David Makes Man, follows a talented young man who lives in a state housing project in South Florida.
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Tony winner Phylicia Rashad is set to lead the cast of the new Tarell Alvin McCraney television series, David Makes Man, according to Deadline. The new series from the playwright and Oscar-winning Moonlight writer will follow a 14-year-old prodigy and former drug dealer living in a state housing project in South Florida.

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Hamilton's Isaiah Johnson will also be part of the cast of the OWN series. Further casting includes Akili McDowell (The Astronaut Wives Club) in the title role, with Nathaniel Logan McIntyre (Magic Camp and Barry), Ade Chike Torbert (East Los High), Jordan Bolger (Peaky Blinders), Cayden K. Williams (Girls Trip), and Travis Coles (Liza on Demand) co-starring.

In David Makes Man, David is haunted by the death of his closest friend and faced to choose between the opportunity of higher education and the neighborhood that raised him.

Rashad, who starred in the Off-Broadway premiere of McCraney's Head of Passes, will play a formative instructor at David's middle school.

McCraney, who wrote the script, will executive produce alongside Dee Harris-Lawrence (Shots Fired, Unsolved), who is attached as showrunner. Production will begin in Orlando this summer.

McCraney is set to make his Broadway debut this December with his play Choir Boy, which debuted Off-Broadway in 2013. His other plays include Wig-Out (produced at the Vineyard Theatre) and In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, which inspired the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight. He is currently the chair of the playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama.

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