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Nia Long Takes Over For Aunjanue Ellis In WEtv Legal Thriller 'The Divide'

by Natasha Greeves
December 13, 2013 5:25 PM
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Nia Long

Hot off her return to Malcolm D. Lee's Best Man Holiday, actress Nia Long has been cast in WEtv’s first original scripted series The Divide

This is the series that was previously set to air on AMC, but got bumped to WEtv - both owned by AMC Networks.

The Richard LaGravenese/Tony Goldwyn original scripted drama, stars Damon Gupton as Adam Powell - a district attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the re-investigation of a sensational murder case.

Nia Long is taking over the role that Aunjanue Ellis was previously cast in - the district attorney's wife, Billie Powell, who's described as a hard-charging successful partner in a private equity firm.

Also, Seth Gilliam (The Wire), as well as Clarke Peters (also of The WireTreme, and more) play supporting roles as Adam’s younger brother, a novice, naive cop, and Adam's (Damon's) father, Isaiah Page, a retired cop and the former Philadelphia police commissioner.

Marin Ireland (Homeland, Mildred Pierce) rounds out the cast of what has always read like a stellar project to me, based on what we know of it thus far.

LaGravenese writes and executive produces alongside Tony Goldwyn (President Fitzgerald Grant on Shonda RhimesScandal), who directs.

The upcoming 10-episode drama series is currently shooting. 

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  • Phred G | December 14, 2013 1:10 PMReply

    I like Nia but . . . I like Aunjanue Ellis also (from THE MENTALIST). Wonder why she was replaced. Show sounds interesting in a hard-charging-district-attorney-legal-pitbull kinda way. We'll see.

  • Peace82 | December 16, 2013 12:14 PM

    I agree I'd love to know why Aunjanue was replaced. I just think Aunjanue would've nailed that character. I love Nia Long but never thought of her as this kind of actress. The role calls for somebody who has a tough mindset. Hmmm. This will be interesting.

  • Monique a Williams | December 13, 2013 7:17 PMReply

    Get it girl!

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