Regina King to Star in Netflix Crime Drama 'Seven Seconds'

The Hollywood Reporter
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Regina King is headed to Netflix.

The Emmy winner has signed on to star in the streaming giant's forthcoming racial crime drama Seven Seconds, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

In the series, which hails from The Killing creator Veena Sud, tensions run high between African American citizens and Caucasian cops in Jersey City, where a teenage African American boy is critically injured by a cop.

King will play Latrice Butler, a devout churchgoer and a proud wife and mother. After her and her family move out of the projects and become first-time home owners, Latrice is shaken to her core when she learns that her 15-year-old son Brenton has been in an incident. Suddenly aware that there's more to Brenton than she and her husband were aware of, Latrice is rocked by the power of her anger at her son's predicament, an anger that will change her life, her relationship with her husband, and more.

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King joins a cast that includes David Lyons, Michael Mosley, Russell Hornsby and Beau Knapp.

This is the latest small screen role for the veteran actress, who is also set for the upcoming third seasons of The Leftovers and American Crime. King has won back-to-back Emmys for her work in the first and second seasons of the John Ridley anthology series in 2015 and 2016. In recent years, King has also built a career behind the camera, directing episodes of Scandal, Being Mary Jane and Greenleaf, among others.

She's also known for her roles in shows including Southland, 24, The Big Bang Theory and her breakthrough role on 227, as well as films including Ray and Jerry Maguire. She is repped by ICM, John Carrabino Management and Del Shaw.

Sud will serve as showrunner on Seven Seconds, which will kick off with a 10-episode first season. She will exec produce with Lawrence Bender, Kevin Brown, Alex Reznik and Gavin O'Connor, the latter of whom will also direct. Fox 21 will produce.