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Following lengthy negotiations, Oscar winners Helen Hunt and Richard Dreyfuss and True Blood alum Stephen Moyer have been set for lead roles in Shots Fired, Fox’s drama series from Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood that examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in North Carolina. Hunt, who has signed a one-season deal, will portray Patricia Eamons, the fictional governor of North Carolina. Dreyfuss will play Arlen Cox, a real estate mogul and owner of a privatized prison who is intricately involved in the shootings. Moyer will play Officer Breeland, a seasoned veteran in the town’s Sheriff’s Department, who gets caught in the middle of the investigation.
The trio joins previously cast Sanaa Lathan, who stars as an expert investigator who digs into the cases, alongside Stephan James as a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice. The pair are drawn into political intrigue when they find their investigation manipulated by the politically fierce Governor Eamons (Hunt), who prides herself on not being a typical politician. As the first female and Democrat governor in the state, she is in a tough re-election fight, and the national media attention on the recent shootings in her state is making it tougher.
Also featured in the series, slated to debut later this year, are Aisha Hinds and Tristan Wilds.
We found this earlier article from Deadline.com about the series from back in December, 2015. Obviously a lot has changed since the show is set now in North Carolina instead of Tennessee but gives some additional information.
UPDATE: Per Digital Spy – Shots Fired is due to be aired in 2016.
It will be great to, once again, see Stephen in a weekly series; it’s been a long time! We wish him a big “Congratulations!” and look forward to covering the show in detail, just as we have done for his previous roles.
Thanks to @111111Rhonda for tipping us off!