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‘Godfather of Harlem’ announces additional season 2 casting


Premium cable network EPIX announced Thursday, March 18, 2021, a new recurring and guest cast for season two of its Emmy Award-winning drama series “Godfather of Harlem.” Justin Bartha (The Hangover, “The Good Fight”), Annabella Sciorra (“The Sopranos,” “New Amsterdam”), Ronald Guttman (“Hunters,” “Black Earth Rising”), Gino Cafarelli (The Irishman, Capone) and Isaach De Bankolé (Limits of Control, Casino Royale) are set to recur, joining previously announced Grace Porter (“Madam Secretary,” “Prodigal Son”) as Betty Shabazz, with Method Man (“Power Book II: Ghost,” “Concrete Cowboy”), Michael Rispoli (“The Deuce,” “Madoff”) and Neal Matarazzo (“Billions,” “Blindspot”) appearing as guest stars.

“Godfather of Harlem” season two finds Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) battling the New York crime families to control the lucrative and murderous “French Connection,” the pipeline for heroin that runs from Marseilles to New York Harbor. With a distribution syndicate that includes Black crime bosses from other major U.S. cities, Bumpy takes a cue from his friend Malcolm X’s (Nigél Thatch) message of Black economic nationalism. His ambitious plan will face challenges from not only the Italians but his wife Mayme (Ilfenesh Hadera), daughter Elise (Antoinette Crowe-Legacy), rival Adam Clayton Powell (Giancarlo Esposito), prosecutor Robert Morgenthau (Justin Bartha), and even Malcolm himself. Once again, “Godfather of Harlem” explores the collision of the criminal underworld and civil rights in the colorful, tumultuous year of 1964.

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