FX has announced that rising British star Damson Idris will headline its new gritty drama series “Snowfall” about America’s cocaine epidemic in 1983. “Snowfall” is executive produced by six Hollywood heavyweights: Dave Andron (“Justified”), Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”), John Singleton (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”), Eric Amadio (“After Sex”), Michael London (“Sideways”) and Trevor Engelson (“Remember Me”). Production begins in October and the show will debut on FX in 2017.
Here is the plot description of “Snowfall,” per FX:
Los Angeles 1983. A storm is coming and its name is cocaine. “Snowfall” is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Luica Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.
“We are excited to add ‘Snowfall’ to our original series lineup,” notes Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Dave Andron, Tommy Schlamme, John Singleton and Eric Amadio have delivered a riveting and beautiful pilot and we can’t wait to start work on the series.”
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