If 'The Wolf of Wall Street' was all about an astonishing rise of an ambitious stockbroker, then Showtime's upcoming comedy, 'Black Monday' is definitely taking an off-route turn.
Instead of focussing on the usual old-boys club of Wall Street, the series starring Golden Globe winner Don Cheadle, Grammy winner Andrew Rannells, and Regina Hall, will be shining the spotlight on a group of outsiders responsible for the worst stock market crash in the history of America.
"Black Monday takes viewers back to October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street," reads the official description. "To this day, no one knows who caused it … until now. It’s the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, and the glass ceiling."
And speaking of breaking the glass ceiling and creating ripples, the recently released trailer for the 10-episode Showtime comedy delivered exactly what the show promises to be - an 80s style dramedy where cash and cocaine flow free. In fact, amongst the many moments that stand out in the teaser trailer, one is a scene involving Cheadle doing a round of cocaine before high-fiving a robot.
Even Hall (of Girls Trip fame) makes her presence felt in the brief trailer, taking control over the male-dominated stock market in a pair of high heels and short skirt - everything that's reminiscent of the cut-throat 80s Wallstreet.
I’m thrilled to have produced and co-directed #BlackMonday. 1986 is coming back soon... pic.twitter.com/nkD6HKhLYq— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 28, 2018
Created by David Caspe and Jordan Cahan, 'Black Monday' also stars Paul Scheer (of fame 'The League'), Yassir Lester ('Making History'), Michael James Scott ('Aladdin on Broadway') and Eugene Cordero ('Kong: Skull Island'). Casey Wilson from 'Happy Endings' joins in as a recurring guest star in the comedy while Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer) and Kurt Braunohler (Bunk) guest stars.
The pilot episode is directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who will also executive produce the series along with Cheadle.
Co-produced by Showtime and Sony Pictures Television Studios, 'Black Monday' premieres in January 2019.