Sanaa Lathan Cast as Lead in FOX Event Series

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07:  Actress Sanaa Lathan front row at Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2009 Collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent in Bryant Park on September 7, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
(Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Finally, Sanaa Lathan is coming back to television.

Love & Basketball star Sanaa Lathan has been cast as the lead in the project, which examines the dangerous aftermath of a police shooting when an African-American cop kills a white teen in Tennessee. The untitled drama (aka Indictment) had been in development at Fox for a while. A pilot script has been completed, which the network has followed up by ordering a bible with the intention of picking up the project straight to series once the bible is delivered.

The untitled Gina Prince-Bythewood event series, from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine Television, will star Lathan as an expert investigator who digs into the police shooting case, alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice. The pair must navigate the media attention, public debate and the social unrest that comes with such a volatile case as they seek justice before the divided town erupts in a race war.

I’m not sure how I feel about the premise, but I’ll definitely be watching whenever it premieres.

Read more at Deadline.

3 thoughts on “Sanaa Lathan Cast as Lead in FOX Event Series

  1. Honestly I am not here for this. I really want to trust the producers, but since this is on FOX I have zero confidence this will be handled with the sensitivity this topic needs. Flipping the racial dynamic only adds to the mine field this project will have to negotiate. There is just too much that can go wrong with this.

    1. I agree, SWW.  I don’t think we – as a society – are ready for a television program that flips the script like this.  The racial and power dynamics are not the same – even if the cop is black and the teen is white.  And I don’t trust Fox at all – or any of these network, for that matter.

      Sanaa’s character makes me think of that prosecutor in Maryland – whose name I can’t remember – who led the investigation over the beating/death in Baltimore.  For me this show falls in the ‘wait and see’ category.  After POI and the entire Joss Carter debacle, I have no patience for watching black female characters in bullsh*t circumstances or situations that seem to counter common sense.  I don’t mind challenging characterizations but I have very little faith in showrunners, producers, writers…..


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