Emmy winner Jharrel Jerome has been tapped as the lead in a Night Of the Assassins series. The project is based on Howard Blum’s book. It is from Sony Pictures Televison and Jerome is also attached as a producer.
This news was first reported by Deadline.
Per the report, it’s a true story of a low-level African American soldier (Jerome) who helped block a Nazi plot to kill the leaders of the U.S., Great Britain and the Soviet Union during a top-secret conference in Tehran in 1943.
Following the Nazis discovering the meeting, they hatched a plan under the code name Operation Long Jump to assassinate the three Allied leaders – Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin – with a hand-picked team of Nazi commandos parachuted into Iran.
Jerome will star as Eddie Booker in the TV series. He is based on a real person who was the only U.S. man on the ground when the head of FDR’s Secret Service detail arrived. B
Booker worked closely with Reilly on preventing the assassination attempt.
Jerome of course rose to prominence for his role in the autobiographical story of the Exonerated Five, When They Seee Us, where he starred as Korey Wise. He also had a role in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. He’ll be seen soon in the lead role for Boots Riley’s Prime Video series, I’m A Virgo.