By Kate Drozynski
Is there anything Andre Benjamin, aka Outkast’s Andre 3000, can’t do? He’s a rapper, a producer, a designer, a movie actor — and he pretty much looks good in anything. Now he’s coming to TV in season two of ABC’s “American Crime.”
The crime drama created by John Ridley will reset for its second installment, focusing on gender issues, sexual orientation and sexual identity in a Midwest town. Benjamin will star opposite returning cast member Regina King as a power couple with cash and clout on their side when their son becomes ensnared in a scandal at an elite private school.
The project will reunite Ridley and Benjamin, who worked together on the “All Is By My Side,” a Jimi Hendrix biopic written and directed by Ridley and starring Benjamin as the legendary guitarist.
“Personally, I couldn’t be more excited than to work again with Andre,” Ridley told The Hollywood Reporter. “He is an amazing individual, a true artist and ’All Is By My Side’ is one of the reasons I was given the reins on ’American Crime.’ Folks at ABC were absolutely moved by Andre’s performance in the film, and by the overall language of cinema we used in telling the story. It’s fair to say ’American Crime’ might not exist were it not for our previous collaboration.”
Benjamin joins Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman and Lili Taylor, all returning from season one of the show. Season two is currently in production.
Do ya thang, Andre.