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Forest Whitaker to star in prequel series to American Gangster

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

is attached to star in a prequel TV series to "American Gangster".

The series is being developed by "Narcos" co-creator Chris Brancato and will be based on the life of mob boss Bumpy Johnson, according to the Screen Daily.

Whitaker will be playing the lead character in the prequel series to the Ridley Scott-directed film, which featured Denzel and

The story will be based five years before the events in the original film.

"It's Harlem, the 1960s, a gangster named was very close friends with Malcom X, so the show is about the collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement," Brancato said.

The writer said the show is an opportunity to examine racism prevalent today "but through the prism of the past".

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First Published: Thu, October 26 2017. 11:32 IST