Netflix’s ambitious series addressing issues facing Caucasian cops and African-American residents of Jersey City has found an Emmy-winning star to headline the project.
Regina King, the two-time Emmy winner for ABC’s anthology series American Crime, is the new star of Veena Sud’s Seven Seconds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
King will play Latrice Butler, a devout churchgoer and proud wife and mother. After she and her family move out of the projects and become first-time homeowners, Latrice is shaken to her core when she learns that her 15-year-old son Brenton has been in an incident.
Suddenly aware that there’s more to Brenton than she and her husband were aware of, Latrice is rocked by the power of her anger at her son’s predicament, an anger that will change her life, her relationship with her husband, and more.
Besides her statues, King brings a solid resume to the Netflix series with regular work on shows like HBO’s The Leftovers, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, Showtime’s Shameless and the one-time NBC series Southland. She also voiced Huey and Riley Freeman in the the animated series The Boondocks.
King got her break back in 1985 on the NBC comedy 227, which led to Boyz n the Hood in 1991 and Jerry Maguire in 1996. Her other film credits include How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Ray.
Veena Sud is a writer behind another Netflix series The Killing, which first aired on AMC. She also was a writer and executive producer on the CBS series Cold Case in the mid-2000s.
The first season of Seven Seconds will consist of 10 episodes, although Netflix has not said when they will be released. The show will also star David Lyons, Michael Mosley, Russell Hornsby and Beau Knapp.
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