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Mos Def Joins Cast Of Showtime's "Dexter" In Multi-Episode Storyline

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 11, 2011 4:25 AM
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The last time Mos Def was on any screen, big or small, was in 2009, when he costarred in Next Day Air, and an episode of House M.D. most notably. Since then, he returned to the stage to work with Jeffrey Wright and Nicole Beharie, amongst others, in the John Guare play, here in New York City, titled, A Free Man Of Color, which I saw, and reviewed on the old S&A site.

It's was announced earlier today that Mr Def will be returning to the small screen - specifically, the Showtime Network - to join the cast of the hit series that centers on a bloodstain pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer; aka Dexter!

THR says Mos will be featured in a multi-episode story arc during the shows upcoming 6th season, playing a " hardened ex-con who claims to have found religion yet seems to continually find himself surrounded by violence. Michael C. Hall’s Dexter will reveal the truth of who he really is.

Oooh... so does he get sliced up?

I haven't watched Dexter since getting through all of season 1, which I thought was great, and halfway through season 2, which I didn't care for as much. So, I'm obviously far behind; but I don't expect to catch up. I thought the first season was really all that was necessary. It was wrapped up nicely, and I was satisfied. Successive seasons just seem like clear attempts to cash in, and thus exploitative. But I might check it out next season, to see what Mos Def's involvement produces.

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  • Marissa | May 12, 2011 1:13 AMReply

    Wow this is great news!!! I don't normally watch this show but will have to tune in to catch Mos Def!!! He is a criminally underrated actor!!!

  • Tovah | May 11, 2011 8:20 AMReply

    This relevant to my interests. I've read that there won't be too many big bads this season, so I wonder how Mos will figure into that. Funny, I don't seem to recall Dexter killing any brothers. Aside from, well...never mind. I know nothing will top the Lithgow season, but I'm still optimistic. This show rarely disappoints.

  • Kris | May 11, 2011 8:02 AMReply

    If you haven't watched Season 4, the Lithgow Season, you're missin' out, lemme tell ya. That was one of the best seasons of television ever. Seasons 1, 2 and, arguably, 3 were great, but Season 4 was excellent. I don't think the show will ever top the work they did that season.

    Mos Def is a brilliant actor and I'm ridiculously excited to see what he brings to the show this upcoming season. Michael C. Hall and Mos Def together will certainly be some amazing stuff.

  • Jug | May 11, 2011 5:45 AMReply

    Great for Mos. Been missin' him of late. Season 3 was a beast, at least when they started having a main nemesis per season, so Jimmy Smits started it off & was great. I checked out after that, mainly because Netflix wasn't agreeing with me & my lady, but I heard John Lithgow killed it (no pun intended).

    Thought he was gonna play the new cop, Chicago Mike, but whatever. A true actor who can rap, not a rapper "trying" to act. Good shit!

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