Morris Chestnut and Yaya DaCosta have landed roles in the upcoming Fox drama Our Kind of People, according to multiple published reports on Monday.
The Best Man actor will play Raymond Dupont, a successful executive at a food conglomerate who is trying to revive the company following mismanagement by his business partner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Chestnut currently has a role on Fox medical drama The Resident. Variety reports he is expected to continue his recurring role on the series, in addition to starring in Our Kind of People. The actor previously appeared on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, NBC’s The Enemy Within and Fox’s Rosewood, as well as the films The Perfect Guy and Boyz n the Hood.
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DaCosta will portray Angela Vaughn, a single mother determined to find entrepreneurial success through her haircare line for Black women. She also discovers a family secret on her mother’s side that could set the town abuzz.
DaCosta, a former America’s Next Top Model contestant, recently exited NBC’s Chicago Med ahead of the show’s seventh season.
Empire co-creator Lee Daniels and Star’s Karin Gist will be at the helm of Our Kind of People as creators and executive producers. Gist will serve as writer for the show.
Our Kind of People is set in the affluent Black community of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard and is based off of Lawrence Otis Graham’s book, “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class.”
Additional executive producers will include Marc Velez for Lee Daniels Entertainment, Pam Williams and Claire Brown for The Gist Of It Productions, Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens and Rodney Ferrell for Propagate and Montrel McKay. Twentieth Television and Fox Entertainment will produce.
Tasha Smith is set to direct the pilot episode. The series is expected to air on Tuesdays, starting in the fall.