Aisha Hinds and Mo McRae cast as Civil Rights Leaders Fannie Lou Hamer and Stokely Carmichael in HBO’s All The Way
Aisha Hinds (Under the Dome) and Mo McRae (Murder in the First) have been cast in HBO’s TV adaptation of “All The Way,” Robert Schenkkan‘s Tony Award–winning play on President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s first year in office.
Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston will reprise his Broadway debut role as Johnson, who became the 36th president of the United States after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Produced by Steven Spielberg, the mini-series will follow Johnson’s turbulent start, the passage of Civil Rights legislation in Congress, and his landslide re-election victory.
Hinds will play Voting Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, a founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which challenged Mississippi’s all-white, segregationist delegation that had denied blacks the opportunity to participate in the electoral process.
McRae is set to portray Stokely Carmichael, later known as Kwame Touré, who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s unknown protégé at the time.
In addition to Cranston, they join previously cast Anthony Mackie (Ant-Man), who will play Dr. King.
The cast also includes Melissa Leo (Wayward Pines) as Lady Bird Johnson, Spencer Garrett (Aquarius) as labor union leader Walter Reuther, Jeff Doucette (Dog with a Blog) as Mississippi Democratic Senator and white supremacist James Eastland, and Marque Richardson (Dear White People) as SNCC leader and Freedom Summer organizer Robert Parris Moses.
Still in pre-production, All The Way was picked up by HBO last summer and it will be written by Schenkkan.
It will be produced by Amblin Entertainment, HBO Films, Moon Shot Entertainment, and Tale Told Productions.
Listen to Hamer’s famous testimony that Johnson attempted to prevent at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in New Jersey below.