Jesse Williams will star in the upcoming limited television series Take Me Out, an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play of the same name.
The 40-year-old actor will also be starring in the upcoming Broadway revival of the play, which will finally open next year after a delay due to the pandemic.
Playwright Richard Greenberg will adapt his play for the small screen and the director of the upcoming revival, Scott Ellis, will direct the pilot.
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Deadline reports that Take Me Out is set in the early 2000s and follows “Darren Lemming (Williams), a mixed-race star center fielder for the fictional Empires. Darren’s decision to come out of the closet sparks controversy and soul searching for American’s favorite pastime, revealing long-held, unspoken prejudices both on and off the field. Facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships, Darren is forced to confront the reality of being a gay person of color within the framework of a classic American institution. As the Empires rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties and the price of victory.”
Jesse said in a statement, “I’m incredibly honored by the opportunity to expand on such a profound narrative. The questions and challenges presented by Richard’s material are critical and seemingly boundless; cutting to the core of ‘masculinity marketing.’ What are we really, if our peace is so easily threatened by the peace of others?”
A network is not currently attached to the series.