Courtney B. Vance had such success working with FX on The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, for which he won an Emmy playing Johnnie Cochran, that he’s back with the network for the crime-drama Heist 88, which Vance will star in as well as exec. produce. Heist 88 will also reunite him with American Crime Story director Anthony Hemingway, who will direct and also exec. produce the show.
Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, who wrote My Tribe Is Lost, will write the script and exec. produce the show along with Pam Veasey (CSI: NY), as well as Hemingway and Mark Taylor from Hemingway Taylor Productions. Vance previously appeared in Johnson-Cochran’s 1999 directorial debut Love and Action in Chicago for HBO.
The show will tell the story of arch-criminal Armand Moore (played by Vance), who convinces four young African-American employees at the First National Bank of Chicago to steal $70 million using the bank’s wire system.
Repped by the Gersh Agency, Lighthouse Entertainment and Fox Rothschild, Vance is already slated to appear in Ryan Murphy’s Katrina: American Crime Story in an undisclosed role. In the past year, Vance has appeared in Paramount and DreamWorks’ comedy Office Christmas Party and Universal’s The Mummy reboot over the summer.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor