Morris Chestnut to Star Opposite Yaya DaCosta on Fox's 'Our Kind of People'

Drama comes from Lee Daniels and Karin Gist

Jennifer Maas

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Morris Chestnut attends the FOX Winter TCA All Star Party at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 07, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Morris Chestnut has been cast as the male lead on Fox’s “Our Kind of People,” starring opposite Yaya DaCosta, TheWrap has learned.

The series, which will air during the 2021-2022 season, follows strong-willed, single mom Angela Vaughn (DaCosta) as she sets out to reclaim her family’s name and make an impact with her revolutionary haircare line that highlights the innate, natural beauty of Black women. But she soon discovers a dark secret about her mother’s past that will turn her world upside down and shake up the community forever.

Chestnut will play Raymond Dupont, a powerful man with swag and presence who is a top exec at a food conglomerate who has been struggling to revive the company after his white business partner’s mismanagement.

The drama hails from “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels and Karin Gist.

Gist, whose credits include Daniels’ Fox musical drama “Star” and ABCs “Mixed-ish,” is writer and executive producer. Additional executive producers include Daniels and 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.

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