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Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Crime Drama Godfather of Harlem

Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Crime Drama Godfather of Harlem

Forest Whitaker is about to get mobbed.

The Empire star will headline and executive-produce Godfather of Harlem, a crime drama that Epix ordered straight to series on Wednesday.

Per the official announcement, Whitaker will play crime boss Bumpy Johnson in the 10-episode series, which is based on real-life events. After spending a decade in prison, Johnson was released in the early 1960s to find that the Italian mob had taken over his neighborhood. He then allied with Malcolm X to fight the Genovese crime family to regain control of the streets.

In a statement, Whitaker said Godfather of Harlem is

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