OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is about to get real and raw with David Makes Man, a drama about the struggles, violence and trauma that often accompany life in the projects.
The series, from Oscar-winning Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, centers on a 14-year-old from the hood who is haunted by the death of his closest friend, according to OWN. The teen must choose between the streets that raised him and the education that could offer him a way out.
The drama is inspired by real events in McCraney’s life and stars newcomer Akili McDowell in the title role of David. Alana Arenas and Phylicia Rashad co-star.
OWN unveiled the first teaser trailer Friday during a gathering at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
“When we looked at the spectrum of life, we wanted to show it as true as it is today, as it was then,”
McCraney said in a statement.
The Liberty City, Florida native serves as executive producer of the series along with showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence (Shots Fired, Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.). Oprah Winfrey, Michael B. Jordan, Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy (Revenge) are also executive producers.
David Makes Man is set to premiere this summer on OWN.