New casting details on the upcoming ABC limited drama series “Women of the Movement” have recently been revealed by Deadline.
The series will be comprised of six episodes focusing on Mamie Till Mobley, who devoted her life to seeking justice for her son Emmett Till following his brutal murder in the Jim Crow South, and is inspired by the book “Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement” by Devery S. Anderson.
“Women of the Movement” will star Leslie Silva as Ruby Hurley, Chris Butler as Rayfield Mooty, Alex Désert as Dr. Howard, Miles Fowler as Simeon Booker, Tongayi Chirisa as Medgar Evers, Jason Turner as James Hicks, and Daniel Abeles as Chet Packton. With Glynn Turman, Chris Coy, Julia McDermott, Carter Jenkins, Tonya Pinkins and Ray Fisher also appearing in the series.
Here is the character description for each character:
- Leslie Silva’s Ruby Hurley was a famed NAACP activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. A lady badass among men, Ruby was fiercely committed to getting justice for Emmett Till.
- Chris Butler’s Rayfield Mooty is Chicago Labor Union Leader, and second cousin to Mamie Till-Mobley. Rayfield was instrumental in getting the NAACP involved in the Emmett Till murder investigation.
- Alex Désert’s Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard, a brilliant maverick, was an American civil rights activist, surgeon, and one of the most influential Black leaders in Mississippi. Actively involved in the Emmett Till murder investigation and trial, Dr. Howard turned his home into command central for Mamie Till-Mobley’s entourage and Black journalists who were desperately searching for evidence to get justice for her son.
- Miles Fowler’s Simeon Booker, a celebrated Black journalist with Jet Magazine, vowed to make sure the killing of Emmett Till remained in the headlines. Sympathetic, brilliant and a man of his word, Booker’s coverage of Emmett Till helped redefine both the publication and the Civil Rights Movement.
- Tongayi Chirisa’s Medgar Evers is the beloved NAACP field secretary who was one of Mississippi’s most prominent civil rights activists. Committed to bringing Emmett’s killers to justice, Medgar risked his life to find key evidence during the murder trial.
- Jason Turner’s James Hicks is one of Black journalism’s most prominent reporters, whose investigative work played a huge role in the Emmett Till murder trial.
- Daniel Abeles’ Chet Packton is a southern gentleman and journalist who unexpectedly becomes part of the Emmett Till murder investigation.
“Women of the Movement” is created by Marissa Jo Cerar (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “13 Reasons Why,” “Shots Fired”), who will also serve as a writer and showrunner.
The first episode will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Old Guard,” “Love & Basketball,” “Shots Fired”).
“Women of the Movement” is produced by Kapital Entertainment. Jay-Z, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith (Roc Nation), and Will Smith and James Lassiter (Overbrook) to executive produce; along with Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Michael Lohmann (Kapital Entertainment); Marissa Jo Cerar, Gina Prince-Bythewood; Rosanna Grace (Serendipity Film Group); Alex Foster and John Powers Middleton (Middleton Media Group); and David Clark (Mazo Partners).
The new series is due to arrive on ABC/Hulu in 2021. It’s unclear if this series will also be released internationally on Disney+ since the series is being created by Kapital Entertainment.
Are you looking forward to seeing “Women of the Movement”?