Deadline reports that Jon Bernthal (the Walking Dead, The punisher, The ones who want me dead), Emmy nominee Josh Charles (The good wife, path, The loudest voice) and Jamie Hector (The cable, Bosch, Queen of the South) will star in HBO’s six-hour limited series We own this city, based on Justin Fenton’s book We own this city: a true story of crime, police and corruption. The project comes from The wires Executive Producer David Simon and Producer George Pelecanos with Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and men) bound to direct and exporting products.
The series is the third collaboration between Bernthal and Green after Warner Bros. ‘ King Richard, with Will Smith and releasing November 19, and Amazon drama series The floors, created, co-written and starring Bernthal.
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We own this city chronicles the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force – and the corruption and moral collapse of an American city that championed drug prohibition and mass arrest policies at the expense of actual policing.
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Bernthal will play Sgt. Wayne Jenkins of the Baltimore Police Department, “perhaps the central figure in the sprawling federal corruption case centered on the agency’s Gun Trace Task Force, a plainclothes unit that got completely mischievous and has hunted and hunted citizens and drug dealers alike for decades The relentless drug war and mass incarceration in Baltimore got out of hand. “
Charles will appear as Daniel Hersl, “a cocky, boastful police officer known among Baltimore residents for his occasional brutality and who has been the subject of several citizen complaints. Before joining the GTTF, Hersl was effectively banned from the Eastern District. “Hector will portray Sean M. Suiter,” a Baltimore City homicide detective who was involved in the GTTF case and had to testify before a federal grand jury. Tragically, Suiter finds that he cannot escape his past. “
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We own this city is written by Simon, Pelecanos and Dwight Watkins with The Wire writers Ed Burns and Bill Zorzi. Simon, Pelecanos and Burns Executive Producer with HBO’s former miniseries president Kary Antholis and Green. Zorzi also acts as a co-executive producer.