The Emmy winner has signed on to star in the streaming giant’s forthcoming racial crime drama Seven Seconds, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
In the series, which hails from The Killing creator Veena Sud, tensions run high between African-American citizens and Caucasian police officers in Jersey City, where a teenage African-American boy is critically injured by a cop.
King will play Latrice Butler, a devout churchgoer and proud wife and mother. After she and her family move out of the projects and become first-time homeowners, Latrice is shaken to her core when she learns that her 15-year-old son, Brenton, has been involved in an incident. Suddenly aware that there’s more to Brenton than she and her husband were aware of, Latrice is rocked by the power of her anger at her son’s predicament, an anger that will change her life, her relationship with her husband and more.
King joins a cast that includes David Lyons, Michael Mosley, Russell Hornsby and Beau Knapp.
This is the latest small-screen role for the veteran actress, who also is set for the upcoming third seasons of The Leftovers and American Crime. King has won back-to-back Emmys for her work on the first and second seasons of the John Ridley anthology series American Crime in 2015 and 2016. In recent years, she also has built a career behind the camera, directing episodes of Scandal, Being Mary Jane and Greenleaf, among others.
King also is known for her roles on Southland, 24 and The Big Bang Theory, as well as in such films as Ray and Jerry Maguire. She is repped by ICM, John Carrabino Management and Del Shaw.
Sud will serve as showrunner on Seven Seconds, which will kick off with a 10-episode first season. She will executive produce with Lawrence Bender, Kevin Brown, Alex Reznik and Gavin O’Connor, the latter of whom will also direct. Fox 21 will produce.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter