Thursday, April 7, 2022

AppleTV+ Orders 6 Episodes of Limited Series 'The Big Cigar' Starring André Holland

AppleTV+ has today given a series order to the original limited series The Big Cigar - with André Holland (The Eddy, Castle Rock) in discussions to star. The series will produce six episodes.

Based on the eponymous Playboy magazine article from Joshuah Bearman, the series will tell the extraordinary, hilarious, almost-too-good-to-be-true story of how Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton (Holland) relied on his best friend, Bert Schneider, the Hollywood producer behind Easy Rider, to elude a nationwide manhunt and escape to Cuba while being pursued into exile by the FBI.

Jim Hecht developed the series from a story by him and Bearman. Janine Sherman Barrois will serve as showrunner, with Don Cheadle set to direct the first two episodes. All four will executive produce with Joshua Davis and Arthur Spector. Warner Bros. Television, Epic and Folding Chair Productions will produce.