The good lord bird Star Joshua Caleb Johnson set to spawn opposite Adrienne Warren and Cedric Joe in ABC Limited Series Women of the movement, from designer-writer Marissa Jo Cerar and a production team that includes Jay-Z, Will Smith and Aaron Kaplan.
The six-episode limited series is set in 1955. It focuses on Mamie Till-Mobley (Warren), who risks her life to find justice after the brutal murder of her son Emmett (Joe) in the Jim Crow South. Not wanting to let Emmett’s murder fade from the headlines, Grandma chooses to endure her pain on the world stage, emerging as a justice activist and igniting the civil rights movement as we know it today.
Johnson played Wheeler Parker Jr., the best friend and beloved cousin of Emmett Till who went on vacation with him to Mississippi in 1955, a vacation that would forever change both of their lives.
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In addition to Warren and Joe, Johnson joins series co-stars Chris Coy, Julia McDermott, Carter Jenkins, Tonya Pinkins and Glynn Turman.
Women of the movement is produced by Kapital Entertainment. Jay-Z, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith (Roc Nation), and Will Smith and James Lassiter (Overbrook) produce executives with Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Michael Lohmann for Kapital Entertainment, Marissa Jo Cerar, Gina Prince- Bythewood; Rosanna Grace (Serendipity Film Group), Alex Foster and John Powers Middleton (Middleton Media Group) and David Clark (Mazo Partners).
Johnson was recently seen with Ethan Hawke in the Showtime and Blumhouse limited series. The good lord bird, based on the novel by James McBride, earning a Critics Choice Award nomination for his breakout role as Henry “Onion” Shackleford. The series was also named one of AFI’s Best TV Shows of 2020. It will next be seen in Bingo, the upcoming Welcome to the Blumhouse slate film from Blumhouse Television and Amazon Studios, directed and co-written by Gigi Saul Guerrero, currently in production. Johnson can also be seen in a recurring role as Dwayne Baxter in the fourth season of the FX series, Snowfall.