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Steve McQueen Developing HBO Series Featuring Black Lead Actor

steve_mcqueen.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoSteve McQueen, director of “12 Years A Slave” has inked a deal with HBO to create a show focused on a Black protagonist in the heart of New York City.

McQueen has teamed up with “World War Z” co-writer Michael Carnahan, Russell Simmons, and “The Kings Speech” producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, to work on the untitled project. It is currently in development and will air on HBO.

According to Deadline, the show will have McQueen’s signature style of provocative filmmaking and will explore a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society with a past that is more than questionable. The project is being described as “Six Degrees Of Separation” meets “Shame.

It’s also reported that casting is underway for the lead actor, but no potentials have been identified at this time.

McQueen’s third feature, “12 Years A Slave,” got off to a strong box office start with only limited theaters, and is considered a prime Oscar contender.

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