Jay-Z, Will Smith Give Up Coming Actor A Shot In New Emmett Till Movie

Jay-Z, Will Smith Give Up Coming Actor A Shot In New Emmett Till Movie.

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The rap stars have picked the person who will play Emmett Till in a new limited series scheduled to drop in 2021.

Unknown actor Cedric Joe has landed the coveted role of Emmett Till in the limited series “Women of the Movement,” produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith.

The six-episode series, set to premiere in 2021, will revolve around Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who devoted her life to seeking justice for her teenage son following his murder in the mid-1950s.

The 14-year-old Chicago native was killed by white supremacists while vacationing with his family in Mississippi.

His brutal death prompted Mamie to launch the Civil Rights Movement as we know it today.

Joe, who will also appear in the upcoming “Space Jam” revamp, “A New Legacy,” won the role of Till following a nationwide search to find a young African-American actor who could embody the tragic character.

Adrienne Warren will play Till’s mother and Niecy Nash co-stars as Alma, the boy’s grandmother.

“Women of the Movement” is inspired by Devery S. Anderson’s book “Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement.”