BET Casts Former Power Star As Don Cornelius In American Soul Drama Series About Soul Train
As BET continues its commitment to usher in a new era of original programming, a casting announcement has finally been made involving the upcoming drama series American Soul, which is about the rise of the iconic music series Soul Train.
Though you may miss him on the Starz hit series Power, as the unfortunately killed Shawn Starks or perhaps you caught him when he showed up on the cancelled VH1 hip-hop series The Breaks, actor Sinqua Walls has landed a big new job. Walls has been cast to play the legendary host and creator of Soul Train, Don Cornelius in the 10-episode BET drama series American Soul.
Originally announced in April of this year as part of BET’s 2018-2019 slate of original programming, American Soul is described as follows:
The 10-episode series is inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of the young, ambitious and troubled impresario Don Cornelius. The drama series is described as an unflinching look at the entrepreneur, his ‘Soul Train’ dancers, crew and musicians in an unforgiving Hollywood in the 1970’s – how they work, play, rise and fall against the backdrop of ‘Soul Train’ — “the hippest trip in America” and one of the most predominant television shows for African American culture.
In addition to being produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment (The New Edition Story,) American Soul is created by Devon Greggory and Jonathan Prince. However, the biggest behind-the-scenes info is that Don Cornelius’ son Tony Cornelius is an executive producer, hopefully having him being such a major part of the process will give the series the proper authenticity.
As for Walls, before he makes his debut as Don Cornelius, audiences can catch him opposite Angela Basset in the upcoming Netflix original film Otherhood.
Soul Train is an iconic part of the black experience and it’s great that the story of how the series came to be is finally being told for a new generation to understand and appreciate.