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Andre Benjamin to Co-Star in 'American Crime' Season 2
Andre Benjamin is poised to make his debut as a TV series regular.
The Outkast singer, otherwise known as Andre 3000, has been tapped to co-star in the second season of ABC's American Crime, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The John Ridley Emmy-nominated anthology will reset its story and characters and, in season two, take place in the Midwest, where an incident at a high school sparks discussions about gender issues, sexual orientation and sexual identity.
Benjamin will play Michael Lacroix, an architect who with his wife, Terri (returning castmember Regina King), are prominent members of the community in which they reside. A true power couple, they have both the financial means, as well as the acumen needed, to fiercely defend their son when he becomes entangled in a scandal at an elite private school.
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The casting marks a reunion for Ridley and Benjamin, who previously collaborated on the filmmaker's Jimi Hendrix biopic in which the latter starred as the rock 'n' roll icon.
"Personally, I couldn’t be more excited than to work again with Andre," Ridley said. "He is an amazing individual, a true artist, and All is by my Side is one of the reasons I was given the reins on American Crime. Folks at ABC were absolutely moved by Andre’s performance in the film, and by the overall language of cinema we used in telling the story. It’s fair to say American Crime might not exist were it not for our previous collaboration."
Benjamin joins a season two cast that includes returning players Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Richard Cabral, Elvis Nolasco and Lili Taylor as well as new players Angelique Rivera, Connor Jessup and Joey Pollari.
Benjamin is repped by WME.