added: Wed, Jan 11th '17
FOX has released the first trailer for "Shot Fired," a highly charged ten-part event drama that's addressing some of today's most sensitive hot-button issues regarding the criminal justice system, but mainly focusing on the complexities of police and race relations in present-day America.
Created by wife-and-husband team, filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights, Love & Basketball) and screenwriter Reggie Rock Bythewood (Notorious), "Shot Fired" follows the investigation and aftermath of an officer-involved shooting that occurred in a small North Carolina town, which involved an African-American police officer and an unarmed white college student.
Executive produced by Brian Grazer, the series boasts a strong ensemble cast that includes The Perfect Guy's Sanaa Lathan, Selma's Stephan James, True Blood's Stephen Moyer, 90210's Tristan 'Mack' Wilds, Law & Order's Jill Hennessy, Underground's Aisha Hinds, Falling Skies' Will Patton, and Oscar winners Helen Hunt and Richard Dreyfuss.
"Shot Fired" is set to air on Wednesday, March 22nd.
Examining the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, SHOTS FIRED is a dramatic new event series that is a "why done it?" and a "who done it?" From Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood, the 10-hour event series is an explosive look at the criminal justice system.
When an African-American police officer kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, re-opening wounds that threaten to tear the town apart. Leading the Department of Justice's inquiry into these shootings is seasoned investigator ASHE AKINO (Sanaa Lathan) and a young Special Prosecutor, PRESTON TERRY (Stephan James), both of whom are African-American.
As they start to pull back the layers of both cases, they suspect a cover-up that may involve some of the state's most powerful people, including fiercely political North Carolina Governor PATRICIA EAMONS (Academy Award, Emmy, and Golden Globe-winning actress Helen Hunt). She's in a tough re-election fight, and the recent shootings in her state are making it even tougher. Meanwhile, real estate mogul and owner of a privatized prison ARLEN COX (Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss), is pulled into the case, as LT. ERIC BREELAND (Stephen Moyer), a seasoned veteran in the town's Sheriff’s Department, gets caught in the middle of the investigation.
SHOTS FIRED tackles the racial divide from all perspectives. As Ashe and Preston navigate the media attention, public debate and social unrest that come with such volatile cases, they learn that everybody has a story, and that the truth is rarely black and white.
directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
starring Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss, Tristan 'Mack' Wilds, Jill Hennessy, Aisha Hinds, Will Patton
release date March 22, 2017 (on FOX)