Replacing Neicy Nash who was originally cast as Emmett Till’s grandmother Alma but departed due to personal reasons, All My Children’s Tonya Pinkins has been tapped to co-star opposite Adrienne Warren in ABC’s limited series Women of the Movement.
From creator-writer Marissa Jo Cerar alongside a producers including Jay-Z, Will Smith and Aaron Kaplan, the six-episode limited series, set to premiere in 2021, centers on Mamie Till-Mobley (Warren), who gives her life to seeking justice for her son Emmett Till. Pinkins will play Alma, Emmett Till’s grandmother.
Women of the Movement is inspired by the book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement by Devery S. Anderson. Cerar serves as showrunner and executive produces with Jay-Z, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith via Roc Nation; Smith and James Lassiter for Overbrook; as well as Kaplan, Dana Honor and Michael Lohmann of Kapital Entertainment. Also executive producing are Gina Prince-Bythewood, who will direct the first episode, Rosanna Grace for Serendipity Film Group; Alex Foster and John Powers Middleton of Middleton Media Group; and David Clark via Mazo Partners. Kapital is the studio, Deadline reports
Pinkins’ TV credit also includes Madam Secretary, Fear the Walking Dead and Gotham.