David Oyelowo is set to star in a drama series that is close to receiving it at Apple, diverse I learned exclusively.
It is titled Government Cheese and is based on a short film of the same name produced by Paul Hunter. Hunter is working as a co-creator on the series version with Aeysha Carr (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Carmichael Show”).
“Government Cheese” follows Hampton Chambers (Oyelowo), a man recently released from prison who struggles to keep his criminal past at bay and reclaim his family, all while addressing moments of divine intervention that seem to occur with increasing frequency.
Hunter and Oyelowo originally brought the short film to MACRO and Apple, which would act as co-studios on the series. Hunter, Carr and Oylelowo serve as executive producers alongside Charles D. King, Marta Fernandez, Jelani Johnson and Ahmadou Seck of MACRO Television Studios. Oyelowo CEO produces under his own Yoruba Saxon banner, while Hunter CEO produces via Ventureland. Produced by Ali Brown of Ventureland Co-CEO.
This marks the second Apple series that Oyelowo is associated with. He is also set to appear in Hugh Howe’s Post-apocalyptic “Wool” adaptation series. It is also Oyelowo’s most recent leading television role, co-starring in the Paramount + Western series “1883: The Bass Reeves Story”. The show is based on a real-life lawman and was announced as part of a package deal that Yoruba Saxon signed with Paramount in September 2021. Oyelowo is best known for his roles in films like “Selma,” “Don’t Let Go,” “The Queen of Katwe” and “United Kingdom.” He made his directorial debut in 2020 with the movie “The Water Man”, in which he also starred.
Oyelowo is represented by CAA, Hamilton Hodell, Del Shaw Moonves, Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.