'American Soul': Sinqua Walls To Star As Don Cornelius In BET Scripted Series Based On 'Soul Train'

September 5th 2018

BET's upcoming American Soul series has cast Sinqua Walls as young Don Cornelius.

Walls starred in VH1's The Breaks and has also appeared in Power and Once Upon a Time. He'll also play Angela Bassett's son in the upcoming Netflix film, Otherhood. 

American Soul is inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of a young, ambitious and troubled impresario, Don Cornelius. The 10-episode drama is an unflinching look at the entrepreneur, his Soul Train dancers, crew and musicians in a cutthroat Hollywood in the 1970s and how they work, play, rise and fall against the backdrop of the show most responsible for the way African-American culture was perceived by the world. Jesse Collins, Jonathan Prince and Devon Greggory executive produce. Don's son, Tony Cornelius, will co-exec produce alongside Andy Horne. Greggory will pen the pilot and Jesse Collins Entertainment will produce.

A premiere date has not been set yet.

The series was announced as a part of a new 2018-19 programming slate for the network featuring several new scripted projects.

Deadline first reported this casting news.

by Trey Mangum on September 5th 2018

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