Rapper Jay Z is reportedly producing a new series about the first African-American sniper Nicholas Irving. Jay Z is teaming up with NBC to produce the drama, reported the Nw York Post.
Irving was the first African-American to serve as a special ops sniper in his battalion, and the US Army 3rd Ranger Battalion’s deadliest sniper. The actor, who will star as Nicholas Irving, is “The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” star Sterling K Brown, who won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding. Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Christopher Darden.
The six-hour miniseries is reportedly based on Irving’s 2015 memoir, “The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers.” The rights to the book were picked up by the Weinstein Company, which just announced a first-look deal with Jay Z,
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“The series will take a look inside the life of the world of special ops. The plan is to start filming early next year,” a source said. Representatives for Jay Z, Weinstein and NBC haven’t commented on the report yet.
Meanwhile, Jay Z has released a new song addressing police shooting against black Americans, following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Sterling, 37, and Castile, 32, were fatally shot by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, respectively, this week. “I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America — we should be further along. WE ARE NOT,” he wrote in a statement accompanying the new release