EXCLUSIVE: Emmy winner Glynn Turman (women of the movement) joined Apple TV+’s limited Huey P. Newton series The big cigar as a recurring guest star. He will be part of an ensemble led by André Holland, which also includes Alessandro Nivola, Tiffany Boone, PJ Byrne, Marc Menchaca, Jordane Christie, Moses Ingram and Olli Haaskivi, as previously announced.
Based on the eponym Playboy magazine article by Argoby Joshuah Bearman, the six-part series tells the extraordinary, hilarious and almost too good to be true story of how Black Panthers leader Newton (Holland) leaned on his best friend, Bert Schneider (Nivola) – the Hollywood Producer behind Easy Rider – to escape a nationwide manhunt and escape to Cuba while being pursued into exile by the FBI.
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Turman is set for the role of Huey’s ailing father, Walter – a man he reveres, who has worked multiple jobs throughout his life to support his family.
The big cigarThe showrunner of is NAACP Image Award winner Janine Sherman Barrois (Claws, The Kings of Napa). winning timeJim Hecht wrote the first episode of the series, with Don Cheadle directing and executive producing the first two. The show comes from Warner Bros. Television, where Barrois and his folding chair productions are under an overall agreement. Barrois and Hecht are executive producers alongside Bearman, Joshua Davis and Arthur Spector (Little America) through their production company Epic, a division of Vox Media Studios.
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Turman is a two-time Emmy nominee who won in 2008 for a guest role on HBO Processingdrawing his second nomination of 2019 for a guest role on ABC How to get away with murder. The actor has recently been seen in series such as women of the movement, Fargo and Mr Mercedesand in movies like George C. Wolfe’s Oscar-winning Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Gavin O’Connor The way back. He recently wrapped up roles in movies Rust (Netflix) and Eighty for Brady (Paramount/Endeavor content). He is currently in production on the Disney+ series. Percy Jackson and the Olympiansand will next be seen in a series regular role on Hulu’s black cake.
Turman is represented by Innovative Artists and The Rosenzweig Group.