Stephan James will play Jean-Michel Basquiat in Biopic


Stephan James is set to star as iconic entertainer Jean-Michel Basquiat in a limited TV drama. From Boat Rocker and James and Shamier Anderson’s Bay Mills Studios, the drama will be produced by Katie O’Connell Marsh, Nick Nantell and Anderson and James themselves. Holly Hubsher oversees the project for Bay Mills Studios.

The project will be set in the 1980s, as Basquiat emerged from being a Brooklyn-born graffiti artist to becoming a neo-expressionist painter to rock star status in Manhattan. At just 22, Basquiat became one of the youngest artists to have his work exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in New York. The next series will show how Basquiat rose to such prominence, as well as the subject of his art and his experiences as a black man in the 1980s. The series will also explore Basquiat’s close friendship with Andy Warhol and his untimely death. . The actor who will play Warhol is unknown.


“We are grateful to work with Shamier, Stephan and the entire team at Bay Mills Studios to tell the story of a visionary artist whose profound cultural influence only grows over time,” said Steve Lescroart, President of Boat Rocker Studios. statement Thursday.

James and Anderson co-founded Bay Mills Studios in 2021 and struck a first deal with Boat Rocker through the studio. James also stars in Boat Rocker’s TV adaptation of Hugh Howey’s science fiction novel Tag 23 through Spectrum Originals and AMC. Anderson stars in hit sci-fi drama Boat Rocker Invasion for Apple TV+, which was recently renewed for a second season.

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“Jean-Michel is an artist I have revered for a long time and someone who has greatly influenced my work over the years. To portray such a revolutionary, whose influence in the modern era of pop culture is simply immeasurable, will quite simply be one of the greatest honors of my career,” James said in his own statement.

The Canadian actor starred in a series of television series as a teenager. He rose to prominence when he won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor for his role as track and field sprinter Jesse Owens in the 2016 film. Race. In 2018, James starred in Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed drama If Beale Street Could Talk, based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. The same year, he played Walter Cruz in the Amazon series. Back homefor which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination.

James is replaced by CAA, Range Media Partners and Norbert Abrams.

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