'Godfather of Harlem': Giancarlo Esposito of 'Breaking Bad' to star in upcoming Epix drama series
Giancarlo Esposito will staropposite Forest Whitaker in 'Godfather of Harlem', Epix’s upcoming crime drama from Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein
'Breaking Bad' and 'Better Call Saul’s' Giancarlo Esposito has been slated to be a series regular on a new show.
The actor has been cast as one of the main characters opposite Forest Whitaker in 'Godfather of Harlem', Epix’s crime drama from Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein and ABC Signature Studios.
Written by Brancato and Eckstein, the series is inspired by the story of Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), the infamous crime boss.
He returned home after spending 10 years in prison back in the early 1960s only to find that the neighborhood he once ruled to be turned into ruins. With the Italian mob controlling the streets, it is all left up to Johnson to take over the Genovese crime family in order to regain control. During the battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Nigél Thatch).
Esposito will play the role of Adam Clayton Powell. Powell is a man of many appetites, a Baptist Minister and a Harlem Congressman. He is more or less like a legendary Harlem figure who did more than any other New Yorker when it came to the cause of civil rights back home in Washington.
Apart from this, he a man who has a love for European cruises all at the expense of the taxpayer and loves his women as much as he loves his whiskey and milk. He also happens to be an outrageous showman who finds pleasure playing and making changes with the white power structure. And, to top it off, his long going feud with Johnson is always the talk.
The series also stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera, and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy with Brancato and Eckstein as the executive producers along with Whitaker.
Earlier in June, Esposito was tapped for a year in the forthcoming Cinemax series 'Jett'. He is now also a regular for two seasons on 'Better Call Saul', taking on his well-known character of Gustavo 'Gus' Fring from the popular series 'Breaking Bad.'