Emmy winner Uzo Aduba, currently filming the FX drama series Mrs. America opposite Cate Blanchett, is expanding her relationship with the Disney-owned network, signing on for a lead role in the upcoming fourth installment of its anthology series Fargo, headlined by Chris Rock.
The anthology series’ upcoming season takes place in Kansas City, Mo., in 1950 (per the official logline) “at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the U.S. at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York and Chicago, and African Americans who left the South in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities.”
In that tumultuous town, an Italian crime organization and an African-American one have forged a tentative peace by trading the eldest sons of each family. Saturday Night Live alum Chris Rock will play Loy Cannon, the head of one family.
Aduba’s character, Zelmare Roulette, is described as “ruthless” and aligned with the Cannon family.
Aduba is best known for her breakout role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, which earned her two Emmys and a SAG Award. She is repped by UTA, Management 360 and attorney James Adams.
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Genevieve Nnaji features in Agbaje’s film, ‘Farming’
‘Farming’ is based on the life story of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who grew up as a young fostered Nigerian boy that struggled to find an identity in 1980’s England.
The movie is his directorial debut and features international stars Damson Idris, Kate Beckinsale, John Dagleish, Jaime Winstone, Genevieve Nnaji, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
It received its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and its trailer is now released by the producers.
The plot of ‘Farming’ follows the intriguing story of young Enitan (Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who was adopted by a foster British mother (Kate Beckinsale) as he struggled to cope with the harsh realities of racism at the time.
In a scene, the young Enitan tried washing off his skin color after he was ridiculed for being too black by his adopted mum’s friends.
He went as far as painting himself white just to look and feel white and suffered several humiliations, but gradually falls deep into the bullish gang’s clique to become one of them.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a British actor and former fashion model was born in Islington, London, to Nigerian parents of Yoruba origin, who were students in the UK.
He is famous for his roles as Simon Adebisi on Oz, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Kurse in Thor: The Dark World, Killer Croc in Suicide Squad.
He also played Mr. Eko on Lost, Malko in the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones and Dave Duerson in the NFL biopic drama Concussion.
When Akinnuoye-Agbaje was six weeks old, his biological parents gave him up to a white working-class family in Tilbury.
It was a common practice then among Nigerian families when parents sent young children to live in the UK with white foster parents in the hopes their children would have better lives.
At 8, his biological parents brought him back to Nigeria but, as he was unable to speak the Yoruba Language and forbidden by his parents to speak English, and was returned to Tilbury.
The brief exposure to Nigeria left him struggling to reconcile his heritage with the distinctly British culture and the environment he was raised in.
As a young boy, facing a cultural identity crisis, he joined a local skinhead gang in order to escape racial persecution at their hands until he came to terms with his background, turning his life around.
Uzo Aduba to portray Shirley Chisholm in ‘Mrs. America’
Nigerian-American actress, Uzo Aduba has been cast as Shirley Chisholm in new FX limited television series, ‘Mrs. America’.
Aduba, an Emmy award winner, popularly known for her role as Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren on NetFlix’s ‘Orange is the New Black’, will play the Civil Rights icon in an upcoming nine-part series about the Equal Rights Act.
In an Instagram post, Aduba confirmed that she will play the politician, author and first Black woman to be elected to US Congress, Shirley Chisholm.
She shared a tweet showing her fellow cast members with the caption, “Telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Excited to share.”
The series will also star Cate Blanchett and will focus on several American female figures and the fight to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which proposed that civil rights not be determined on the basis of sex.
’Mrs. America’ tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, played by Blanchett.
Through the eyes of the women of that era, the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority.
The series will also star Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem, Ari Graynor as Brenda Feigen-Fasteau, Melanie Lynskey, who will play Rosemary Thomson, James Marsden as Phil Carne and Sarah Paulson as Alice.
‘Mrs. America’ will premiere as a 9-episode series on FX. The show’s exact premiere date is yet to be announced.
Aduba made her Broadway debut in 2007, starring in ‘Coram Boy’ and currently holds two Emmy awards, five SAG awards, and the Critic’s Choice Award.
She is the first actress to win Emmy awards in both drama and comedy for the same role, as she won an Emmy for outstanding actress in 2015 and another for comedy in 2014.