Courtney B. Vance to Star in, Produce Crime Drama for FX

'Heist 88,' which is in development, will reunite the Emmy-nominated 'People v. O.J.' star with director Anthony Hemingway.
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Courtney B. Vance

Courtney B. Vance is returning to FX.

The Emmy-winning actor is set to star in and executive produce the crime drama Heist 88 for the cable network. The project, which is in development, will serve as a reunion for the People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story star with director and executive producer Anthony Hemingway.

Set in 1988, Heist 88 tells the true story of arch-criminal and master manipulator Armand Moore (Vance), who persuaded four young African-American employees of First National Bank of Chicago to steal $70 million via a sophisticated take down of the banking wire system.

Dwayne Johnson-Cochran (My Tribe Is Lost, Angel Street) will pen the script and exec produce alongside Vance, Pam Veasey (CSI: NY, In Living Color, The District) and Hemingway Taylor Productions' Hemingway and Mark Taylor.

Heist 88 also reteams Vance with Johnson-Cochran following the latter's directorial debut Love and Action in Chicago on HBO and documentary Be Known, which was exec produced by the former.

Vance earned an Emmy for his portrayal of Johnnie Cochran in the first season of Hemingway and Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story. His other credits include ER, Masters of Sex and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He is repped by Gersh, Lighthouse Entertainment and Fox Rothschild.

Hemingway next has USA Network anthology Unsolved. He is with WME and Hansen Jacobson.