Andre 3000 has been cast in the upcoming second season of the ABC drama American Crime. On the anthology series, the Outkast rapper will play Michael Lacroix, a prominent Midwest architect whose son gets embroiled in a scandal at an elite private school, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The drama's second season will also tackle gender issues and sexual identity.
A veteran of films like Be Cool, Four Brothers, Idlewild and most recently Jimi: All Is by My Side, American Crime turn will mark Andre 3000's first reoccurring, non-voiceover TV role. American Crime was created by John Ridley, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave and director of Jimi: All Is by My Side, the Hendrix biopic that starred Andre 3000 as the guitar god.
"Personally, I couldn't be more excited than to work again with Andre," Ridley told THR. "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."
American Crime's 11-episode first season, which premiered in March 2015, was nominated for 10 Primetime Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series. The series – not to be confused with FX's upcoming American Crime Story series about the O.J. Simpson trial – will also star returning cast members Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Regina King and Lili Taylor in new roles.