'The Wire,' '90210' Alums to Star in VH1 Hip-Hop Drama 'The Breaks'

Tristan Wilds (Michael Lee)

There is probably no actor that had a greater amount of series whiplash than Wilds as he traded drugs and mean streets for, well, drugs and mean girls in the CW’s 90210 reboot. On the big screen, he starred in WWII narrative Red Tails and the adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees.

VH1 has assembled the cast for its upcoming hip-hop drama The Breaks.

The TV movie/back-door pilot based on Dan Charnas' best-selling book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop will star Wood Harris (The Wire)Mack (Tristan) Wilds (90210), Afton Williamson (Banshee), David Call (Gossip Girl) and Antoine Harris (HBO's upcoming Ballers). 
The Breaks will be written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann (The Wire) with DJ Premier set to compose the score and serve as executive music producer. Production will begin this week for a late fall premiere. Should the movie perform well, VH1 will order it to series.

The Breaks (working title) chronicles the journey of Nikki, David and DeeVee, three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film will travel viewers back to summer 1990 in New York, where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city. But they will all soon discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born.

Harris will play Barry Fouray, the infamous founder of iconic hip-hop company, Fouray Management. Wilds is set as Daryl “DeeVee” Van Putten Jr., an aspiring producer on the hunt to find the next big rapper on the come-up. Williamson will portray Nikki Jones, a brilliant, recent George Washington University grad who is also a smart, striking and very determined hip-hop aficionado. Call will play David Aaron, known as much for his passion and knowledge of music as his wicked sense of humor and Nikki’s boyfriend and the scrappy son of legendary music producer Juggy Aaron. Harris will play Ahmed “Ahm” Harris, a hard-knock Brooklyn kid who grew up in the drug game. Ahm is a cold and pragmatic, as well as a brilliant rapper who has gained a reputation for himself as an unrivaled MC. 

Harris is repped by Gersh and Principato-Young; Wilds is with ICM Partners and MKS&D. Williamson is with by Leading Artists and Suskin Management. Call is with Gersh, Anonymous Content and Schreck Rose. Harris is with by Steinberg Talent Management.

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