The Godfather of Harlem Season 2 trailer and new casting additions have been released

EPIX has released the trailer for the upcoming second season of their crime series Godfather of Harlem, which is expected to return on April 18th. Check out the video in the player below!

In addition, Deadline brings the news that Justin Bartha (National treasure), Annabella Sciorra (Truth B told), Ronald Guttman (Hunter), Gino Cafarelli and Isaach De Bankolé have been cast for the recurring roles of incorruptible US District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, mob woman Fay Bonanno, French Jean Jehan, Fat Gino and Monsieur 98.

Season 2 will also feature guest stars such as Method Man, Michael Rispoli, Neal Matarrazzo and Grace Porter. Method Man will play the role of Sam Christian, head of the Philadelphia Black Mafia and longtime friend of Bumpy Johnson. In the meantime, Rispoli and Matarrazo will play the roles of Joseph Magliocco and Captain Mills, respectively.

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Godfather of Harlem tells a story inspired by infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who returned from 11 years in prison in the early 1960s to find the neighborhood he once ruled in ruins. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take over the Genoese criminal family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forges an alliance with the radical preacher Malcolm X (Nigel Thatch) – he catches Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart. Godfather of Harlem is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement in one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

In season 2, Bumpy Johnson battles the New York Crime Families for control of the lucrative and murderous “French Connection”, the heroin pipeline that runs from Marseille to New York Harbor. With a distribution consortium that includes black crime bosses from other major US cities, Bumpy orientates himself on the message of his friend Malcolm X about black economic nationalism. His ambitious plan is being challenged not only by the Italians, but also by his wife Mayme, daughter Elise, rival Adam Clayton Powell, prosecutor Robert Morgenthau, and even Malcolm himself. The Harlem Godfather re-examines the collision of the criminal underworld and civil rights in the colorful, tumultuous year 1964.

In addition to starring Whitaker and executive producer, the cast members of the first season included Vincent D’Onofrio (Law and order: criminal intent, Daredevil), Ilfenesh Hadera (She must have it, Baywatch), Nigél Thatch (Selma, American dreams), Giancarlo Esposito (breaking Bad, The Mandalorian), Lucy Fry (Bright, Vampire Academy), Kelvin Harrison Jr. (It comes at night, Mud-bound), Rafi Gavron (A star Is Born) and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy.

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Godfather of Harlem is written and created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein who are executive producers with Whitaker along with his banner toppers Nina Yang Bongiovi, James Acheson and Markuann Smith. The series is produced by ABC Signature.