He’ll be starring opposite Regina King as the parents of a teenager who gets accused of the show’s central crime. He will play Michael Lacroix, an architect. He and his wife, Terri, are prominent members of the community in which they reside. A true power couple, they have the financial means and the acumen needed to defend their son.
Benjamin is reuniting with his “All Is by My Side” director John Ridley and “American Crime” showrunner for the ABC series’ second season, which is currently in production.
“Working with Andre changed my life, personally and professionally on ‘All Is by My Side,'” Ridley told Variety. “To have him joining me for season two is pretty phenomenal.”
In a statement, Ridley said, “Personally, I couldn’t be more excited than to work again with Andre. He is an amazing individual, a true artist, and ‘All Is by My Side’ is one of the reasons I was given the reins on ‘American Crime.’ Folks at ABC were absolutely moved by Andre’s performance in the film, and by the overall language of cinema we used in telling the story. It’s fair to say ‘American Crime’ might not exist were it not for our previous collaboration.”
He joins previously announced cast members Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, and Lili Taylor, who are returning from the first season.
Hutton recently revealed to Variety details about “American Crime’s” second season, which will be set in the Midwest and involve crimes of sexual identity and high school students.
“American Crime” earned 10 Emmy nominations for its first season, the most for any broadcast series.