Forest Whitaker has played many roles and in a new series will portray Harlem boss and bookmaker Bumpy Johnson (born Ellsworth Raymond Johnson) from the 1960s. His life has been captured in film before such as “American Gangster”.
In the trailer below, we see Bumpy Johnson return back to the streets after a stint in prison. He is determined to get back his position in Harlem as a boss. He even teams up with the iconic Malcolm X who is played by Nigel Thatch.
Here’s Epix’s official description:
“Premiering on EPIX this fall, Godfather of Harlem is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart. Godfather of Harlem is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.”