Oscar nominated actor Don Cheadle set to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the Apple TV limited series The big cigar based on Black Panther Party for Self Defense co-founder, Huey P.Newtonaccording to Variety.
The miniseries will consist of six episodes in partnership with Warner Bros. Television, and Who passed actor Andre Holland is currently in negotiations to take on the lead role.
Newton and his college friend Bobby Seale launched the black nationalist organization in 1966. The series will follow the radical leader as he escapes to Havana, Cuba to evade FBI charges for a 1974 assault and murder in Oakland, California.
Newton spent three years in Cuba before returning to America to face federal prosecution for killing a California police officer.
The courts convicted Newton of voluntary manslaughter, but his sentence was later overturned on appeal. In 1971, after being incarcerated for two years and undergoing three trials, the court dismissed the charges against the revolutionary, based on New York Times records.
In 1989, a drug dealer Tyrone Robinson and a member of the Black Guerilla Family fatally shot Newton in the face in West Oakland.
Newton’s last words were, “You can kill my body and you can kill me, but you can never kill my soul.” My soul will live forever!
Robinson was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison in 1991.
Newton’s resting place is at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland.
The series is based on a 2013 Playboy magazine article by Joshua Bearman titled “The Big Cigar: How a Hollywood Producer Smuggled Huey Newton to Cuba,” according to The Collider.
The feature details how Newton escaped to Cuba with the help of a Hollywood producer Bert Schneider. Bearman will also executive produce the series, according to Deadline.
Janine Sherman Barrois will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Barrois has worked on shows such as Criminal minds and The Kings of Napaaccording to The Collider.
The good years narrator has directed four episodes of the Showtime series house of lies and the 2015 Miles Davis biopic miles aheadaccording to its IMDB.