Jilly from Philly may be heading to a television screen near you!
Grammy Award-winning songstress Jill Scott has been cast in the pilot for John Singleton’s “Snowfall,” a one-hour drama that takes place in Los Angeles during the early stages of the 1980s crack epidemic.
Variety reports that the potential series follows the stories of “Franklin Saint, a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler-turned-gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s ‘black sheep’ desperate to escape his father’s shadow.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott accepted the role of Sharon “Cissy” Saint, Franklin’s no-nonsense mother who is experiencing frustration in both her personal and professional lives due to sacrifices she made in the past to give her son a better life. Scott’s Baggage Claim costar Lauren London has also been cast in the pilot as Franklin’s party-girl aunt.
The drama, which based on a script written by Singleton and Eric Amadio has been ordered by cable television channel FX.
“’Snowfall’ takes us on a wild ride through one of L.A.’s most fascinating cultural and social periods, and no one can tell this story better than John Singleton,” said FX President of Original Programming Eric Schrier back in May. “The pilot script by John and Eric brilliantly depicts the era through the story of three captivating characters, and we can’t wait to see John’s execution of it.”
“I have always been fascinated with that volatile moment in time before crack changed everything. It’s a tense, insane and sexy era that touched every aspect of our culture,” said Singleton.
Production for the pilot began this summer.