Stephan James (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) and veteran Laurence Fishburne are set to star while Jasmine Cephas Jones, Skeet Ulrich and Annabeth Gish will co-star in Antoine Fuqua’s short-form drama series “#Freerayshawn”.
Sony Pictures TV is producing the project which will be featured on Quibi, a short-form mobile streaming service which takes long-form content and breaks it into little bits – one long story told in chapters.
James plays Rayshawn, a young, black Iraq War veteran who is set up by New Orleans police on a drug deal, runs for his life, and takes refuge inside his apartment building with his girlfriend and child.
With New Orleans PD and the SWAT team outside ready to storm his home, a social media frenzy begins as community members and news outlets arrive at the scene.
During this growing mayhem, a sympathetic cop named Steven Poincy (Fishburne) plays the role of negotiator, and, over the course of one brutally stressful day, Steven tries to get Rayshawn to calmly surrender in order to avoid an escalation of unnecessary violence.
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman are behind Quibi and this is believed to be the first Quibi series from a major studio. The project originated as a film penned by Marc Maurino, with Michael C Martin providing revisions.
Seith Mann (“Homeland”) will direct and executive produce and filming has just begun in New Orleans. Fuqua, Mann, Justin Bursch, David Boorstein and Kat Samick will all executive produce.