Emmy-winning actor Jharrel Jerome will star in I’m A Virgo, a new series from director Boots Riley.

By Rosy Cordero
June 22, 2020 at 02:11 PM EDT
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When They See Us star Jharrel Jerome is going big — literally.

Jerome has been cast in director Boots Riley's newest project I'm a Virgo, where he'll portray "a 13-ft tall Black man who lives in Oakland." Riley announced the project, which doesn't yet have a streamer/network, via Twitter on Monday.

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"I have a show about a 13-ft tall Black man who lives in Oakland. It’s called I’m A Virgo. Jharrel Jerome is playing the lead," Riley wrote, also sharring concept art for the series. "I’m doing this w Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res. We haven’t decided on the network/streamer. It’ll be dark, absurd, hilarious, and important."

Riley explained he will use "live-action, practical effects" to give Jerome a boost in height. The Sorry to Bother You director said music will play a big part in the series and will feature one new song from his band The Coup in each episode. Oakland based musicians Tune-Yards will score the soundtrack.

Jerome previously starred in Barry Jenkins' Oscar-winning drama Moonlight, and in Ava DuVernay's When They See Us in 2019 that earned him a Primetime Emmy Award and a Critics' Choice Award.

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