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Michael Kenneth Williams is set to join HBO’s upcoming drama Lovecraft Country.
The veteran actor, best known for his role on the pay cable network’s The Wire, is the latest to board the Jordan Peele- and J.J. Abrams-produced series, which is being showrun by Misha Green. He joins previously announced castmembers Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jonathan Majors, Wunmi Mosaku, Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis, Jamie Harris and Elizabeth Debicki.
Ordered straight to series in May, Lovecraft Country is based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff. It follows Atticus Freeman (Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Smollett-Bell) and his uncle George (Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.
Williams will play Atticus’ father. Hard headed and secretive, he’s always believed you can’t live in a fantasy world, which is why he despises his son’s pulp novels. Most of the books on his shelf are nonfiction, history and political theory. The guys at the local bar call him a communist, but today we’d just call him conscious.
In addition to Underground alum Green serving as showrunner, she also penned the script and is executive producing the Warner Bros. Television project alongside Peele, Bad Robot’s Abrams and Ben Stephenson and David Knoller. Yann Demange will also exec produce and direct the pilot.
In addition to The Wire, Williams’ television credits include Hap and Leonard, The Night Of and Boardwalk Empire. He also is slated to star in Netflix’s upcoming Ava DuVernay miniseries Central Park Five.
Williams is repped by WME, Silver Lining Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
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