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Rebel will center around the story of a Black Oakland police officer who becomes conflicted with her job after her brother is killed by police.

Rachaell Davis
Jun, 10, 2016

Filmmaker John Singleton is tackling the police brutality epidemic from a unique angle in his latest project Rebel.

Set in Oakland, CA, Rebel will center around the story of a Black Oakland police officer who becomes conflicted with her job after her brother is killed by police. Following his death, she decides to take matters into her own hands and investigate to get to the bottom of the killing while also becoming "a champion" for her community, according to Deadline. With her partner on the firing end in the incident leading to her brother's death and her father blaming her for the loss of his son, the storyline will follow Rebel as she struggles with balancing family loyalty with her allegiance to the police force.

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The 2-hour BET drama pilot will star accomplished stage actress Danielle Mone Truitt as officer Rebecca "Rebel" Knight and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito as her lieutenant. Additional cast members include actors Mykelti Williamson, who will play Rebel's father and Brandon Quinn, who will play her partner. Rapper/actor Method Man is also on board as Rebel's ex-husband with whom she has an extensive and complicated history.

Production on the pilot began this week in Los Angeles.


 

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