‘Emperor Of Ocean Park’ Sets July 14 Premiere, Adds Trio of Chicago Actors to the Cast

The premiere date is here, the trailer has arrived, and a trio of hometown talents have joined the team. The new filmed-in-Chicago MGM+ Forest Whitaker suspense thriller series Emperor of Ocean Park will debut on July 14. New episodes will air on Sunday until September 15. And three veteran Chicago theatre actors have been added to Whitaker’s talented supporting cast.

From EPs John Wells and Sherman Payne, Emperor of Ocean Park is set in the worlds of politics, elite academia and the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard. It follows Talcott Garland (Grantham Coleman), an esteemed law professor whose quiet life is shattered when his father, Judge Oliver Garland, dies of an apparent heart attack. The nature of the judge’s death is questioned by Tal’s sister, Mariah, a former journalist and inveterate conspiracy theorist, who believes that the judge, a failed Black nominee to the Supreme Court, met with foul play.

Here’s your first look at the series…

Emperor of Ocean Park also stars Tiffany Mack and Paulina Lule. Damian Marcano is EP and directed the first episode of the series.

Three Chicago Actors Join the Talented Cast

Kelli Simpkins (American Rust, Work in Progress, 61st Street) will portray Dana Worth, an opinionated, whip-smart and funny law professor. A dedicated colleague and friend to Tal, she’s eager to join him when he gets wrapped up in a mystery. Simpkins is represented by Gray Talent Group and 1022m.

Keith Kupferer, who has been in the national spotlight of late starring in the Sundance hit Ghostlight, will play Mallory ‘Uncle Mal’ Corcoran, a well-connected lawyer and power broker who garners respect from politicians and the wealthy alike. A longtime ally to Oliver Garland and his family. Kupferer is represented by Gray Talent Group and Fusion Entertainment.

Deanna Reed-Foster (The Shining Girls, Vince Staples Show, Chicago Fire) is Sally Garland, aka Cousin Sally, a single woman who brings a party with her wherever she goes. A functioning alcoholic with a fixation on the approval of her cousins, she struggles with feelings of loneliness and depression. Reed-Foster is represented by DDO Artists Agency and Lewk Management.

‘Emperor Of Ocean Park’ Adds Trio of Chicago Actors to the Cast

Emperor of Ocean Park is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with John Wells, Erin Jontow and Shukree Tilghman serving as Executive Producers alongside Sherman Payne.

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