Underground star Aldis Hodge has been tapped to headline an upcoming biopic.
He’ll now star in Brian Banks. It will be the real-life story of Banks, “an all-American high-school football player committed to USC by his junior year whose life was upended in 2002 when falsely accused of rape. Despite maintaining his innocence, Banks was railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and parole. After his conviction was overturned in 2012, he played for the Atlanta Falcons in a preseason games in 2013.
Greg Kinnear has been cast to play the head of the California Innocence Project helped overturn his conviction.
Tom Shadyac is directing and it will be produced by Amy Baer’s Gidden Media and ShivHans Pictures.
Underground has yet to be picked up by another network for a third season after it wasn’t renewed by WGN. Hodge also appeared recently in the films Straight Outta Compton and Hidden Figures.
Deadline first reported the news of Hodge and Kinnear’s casting.