Lena Waithe tackles a drama
Fresh off of Lena Waithe’s historic Emmy win for Master of None, the super talented writer and actress is getting ready to unleash her next project. That project is a new drama called The Chi, which Waithe serves as executive producer and showrunner.
The first trailer of the show was just released. Not a lot of details about the plot are displayed, but you can already see that the show is going to be gorgeous.
The drama will premiere in January on Showtime. The first episode will be directed by Rick Famuyiwa, the man who shot Dope. Here is how the show is described on Showtime’s site:
“On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences. The Chi is a powerful coming-of-age drama series about an interconnected group of working-class African-Americans who remind us that no matter what, the human spirit is strong and hope never dies.”
The show will star notable actors like Jason Mitchell, Yolonda Ross, and Jacob Latimore. Common, who serves as an executive producer, also is said to appear on the show.
Watch the trailer below.