AMC Casts André Benjamin, Adds Alethea Jones as Director in Jason Segel's Dispatches From Elsewhere
AMC has cast André Benjamin (André 3000) in the original anthology series Dispatches From Elsewhere, which begins production this week in Philadelphia.
Created by and starring Jason Segel, who will also direct the pilot, Dispatches From Elsewhere is about a group of ordinary people who stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life. They will come to find that the mystery winds far deeper than they ever imagined. Benjamin joins a cast that includes Sally Field, Richard E. Grant and Eve Lindley.
Benjamin -- best known as André 3000 -- is one of the most celebrated artists of the last three decades, an auteur whose work in music, film, fine arts, fashion, and more continues to influence the cultural landscape on a global scale. His work as one half of the iconic hip-hop duo Outkast established a brand new voice/style within rap that had never been experienced before, both sonically and visually, when the pair emerged in the early 90’s, in addition to demolishing sales records worldwide by the early aughts. After conquering music, André set his eyes on other mediums within which to create, becoming a highly sought-after actor in acclaimed films such as JIMI: All Is By My Side, High Life, Four Brothers, and more. In 2006, he created Cartoon Network’s Class of 3000, an animated series about a successful musician who leaves the spotlight to teach music at an Atlanta area performing arts school.
AMC also announced that Alethea Jones has also signed on to executive-produce and direct several episodes of the series. Jones is an Australian director, producer and writer, who recently directed the Facebook Watch series Queen America, starring Catherine Zeta Jones, as well as episodes of the upcoming second season of the AMC dramedy Lodge 49, starring Wyatt Russell.
Segel executive produces with Scott Rudin, showrunner Mark Friedman, Garrett Basch, Eli Bush, Jeff Freilich and Jones. An AMC Studios production, the hour-long series will include viewer engagement elements across multiple media platforms.
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