BET’s upcoming American Soul series has cast Sinqua Walls as young Don Cornelius.
Walls starred in VH1’s The Breaks and has also appeared in Power and Once Upon a Time. He’ll also play Angela Bassett’s son in the upcoming Netflix film, Otherhood.
American Soul is inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of a young, ambitious and troubled impresario, Don Cornelius. The 10-episode drama is an unflinching look at the entrepreneur, his Soul Train dancers, crew and musicians in a cutthroat Hollywood in the 1970s and how they work, play, rise and fall against the backdrop of the show most responsible for the way African-American culture was perceived by the world. Jesse Collins, Jonathan Prince and Devon Greggory executive produce. Don’s son, Tony Cornelius, will co-exec produce alongside Andy Horne. Greggory will pen the pilot and Jesse Collins Entertainment will produce.
A premiere date has not been set yet.
The series was announced as a part of a new 2018-19 programming slate for the network featuring several new scripted projects.
Deadline first reported this casting news.