André Holland Eyed to Play Black Panther Leader Huey P. Newton in Apple TV+ Limited Series

Andre Holland to Play Huey P. Newton

Apple TV+ on Thursday announced that André Holland (Moonlight, The Eddy) is poised to play Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton in the limited series The Big Cigar, with Don Cheadle (Black Monday) on board as director and executive producer.

Adapted from a Playboy magazine article by Joshuah Bearman (Argo) and written by Jim Hecht (Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty), the six-part series will tell “the extraordinary, hilarious, almost-too-good-to-be-true story of how Newton relied on his best friend, Bert Schneider, the Hollywood producer behind Easy Rider, to elude a nationwide manhunt and escape to Cuba while being pursued into exile by the FBI,” according to the official logline.

Cheadle will direct the first two episodes and executive-produce alongside showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois (Claws, The Kings of Napa), Bearman, Hecht, Joshua Davis and Arthur Spector (Little America).

Best known for his turn as Kevin in the aforementioned Oscar-winning film Moonlight, Holland’s credits also include 42, Passing, Selma and A Wrinkle in Time. On the TV side, he has starred on American Horror Story, Castle Rock, The Eddy, Friends With Benefits, The Knick and 1600 Penn.

In addition to The Big Cigar, Apple TV+’s upcoming slate includes two series from Ted Lasso EP Bill Lawrence — Bad Monkey (starring Vince Vaughn) and  Shrinking (starring Jason Segel, Jessica Williams and Harrison Ford) — as well as Chief of War (starring Jason Momoa), Constellation (starring Noomi Rapace and Jonathan Banks), Dark Matter (starring Joel Edgerton), Dear Edward (reuniting  Friday Night Lights creator Jason Katims and star Connie Britton), Disclaimer (starring Cate Blanchett, Kevin Kline, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Hoyeon), The Essex Serpent (starring Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston), Metropolis (created by Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail), Mrs. American Pie (starring Kristen Wiig and Laura Dern) and an as-yet-titled Benjamin Franklin miniseries (starring Michael Douglas).