*Former “The Wire” star Sonja Sohn will play a recurring role on Showtime’s hourlong drama “The Chi,” a coming-of-age story that follows a half dozen interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago.
The project hails from executive producers Common, Lena Waithe and Elwood Reid; Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios.
Jason Mitchell, who played Eazy E in “Straight Outta Compton,” will play the lead role of Brandon.
Sohn will play Laverne, Brandon’s unpredictable and dysfunctional alcoholic mother with whom he shares a very strained and resentful relationship. Jenn An will recur as Sarah, who grew up in the restaurant business, albeit a down market family one, and now runs her husband Steve’s hip/urban diner (which her parents don’t approve of) in Chicago’s busy restaurant scene. She pushes a connection with Brandon (Mitchell) that is a mixture of attraction and power and could ultimately get them both in trouble.
Sohn, best known for her starring role as Detective Kima Greggs on all five seasons of HBO’s “The Wire,” recently recurred on Hulu’s “Shut Eye,” and “Luke Cage” for Marvel/Netflix. She is also currently directing and executive producing “For The Love Of Baltimore,” a full-length documentary for HBO.