EXCLUSIVE: Marc Menchaca (Ozark) has signed on to star alongside André Holland, Don Cheadle, Alessandro Nivola and Tiffany Boone within the six-episode restricted collection The Massive Cigar, centered on Black Panther chief Huey P. Newton (Holland), for Apple TV+.
The collection primarily based on the eponymous Playboy journal article by Joshuah Bearman (Argo) tells the extraordinary, hilarious, almost-too-good-to-be-true story of how Newton relied on his greatest pal, Bert Schneider (Nivola), the Hollywood producer behind Straightforward Rider, to elude a nationwide manhunt and escape to Cuba whereas being pursued into exile by the FBI.
Menchaca is ready for the collection common position of Agent Sydney Clark. A former lawyer and Vietnam vet from Oklahoma, Clark lives undercover as a grimy hippie whereas pursuing Newton, who is needed on fees of killing a teenage prostitute.
NAACP Picture Award winner Janine Sherman Barrois (Claws, The Kings of Napa) is serving as The Massive Cigar‘s showrunner. Jim Hecht (Successful Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty) wrote the present’s first episode, with Cheadle directing and exec producing the primary two. The present hails from Warner Bros. Tv, the place Barrois and her Folding Chair Productions are underneath an total deal. Barrois and Hecht are exec producing alongside Bearman, Joshua Davis and Arthur Spector (Little America) by means of their manufacturing firm Epic, a division of Vox Media Studios.
Menchaca is greatest identified for his scene-stealing turns as Jack Hoskins on HBO’s hit collection The Outsider, and as Russ Langmore on the Emmy-winning Netflix drama collection Ozark. The actor will subsequent be seen in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, HBO’s miniseries The White Home Plumbers, John Hyams’ thriller Sick and Gareth Edwards’ sci-fi pic True Love for New Regency. Further tv credit embrace Black Mirror, Homeland, MacGyver, Blue Bloods, Chicago P.D., Sleepy Hole, The Blacklist, Legislation & Order: SVU, CSI and Legislation & Order: Legal Intent.
Menchaca is represented by APA and TMT Leisure Group.