The cold, mean streets of The Windy City are about to get a little colder and a little meaner starting January 7th, 2018, with the premiere of Showtime's The Chi. Created by Lena Waithe (Master of None), who also serves as executive producer alongside Common (John Wick 2) and Elwood Reid (The Bridge), the timely coming-of-age story centers on main characters Brandon, Jerrika, Ronnie, Jada, Emmett, Kevin, Cruz, and Coogie and how a matter of coincidence bonds them all through their respective needs for connection and redemption.
Showtime has released the first official trailer and synopsis for The Chi, which gives us a better sense of the storylines at play and a stronger focus on our cast. You can check out the trailer for yourself here:
Kevin (Hibbert) is the pre-teen who must step past shattered illusions and embrace the normal rites of childhood, while Brandon (Mitchell) the dreamer makes his own nearly impossible leap of faith to succeed in life and love with girlfriend Jerrika (Boone). Emmett (Latimore) is the carefree teen thrust into complex responsibility with guidance from his mother Jada (Ross), and Ronnie (Mwine) is the drifter whose struggle to love and be loved calls into question his every pursuit.
The Chi's ensemble cast includes Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Jacob Latimore (Sleight), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Queen of Katwe), Alex Hibbert (Moonlight), Yolonda Ross (Treme, The Get Down), Armando Riesco (Bull) and Tiffany Boone (The Following). Sonja Sohn (The Wire), Jahking Guillory (Kicks), and Steven Williams (The Leftovers) are set to recur.
In addition to Waithe, Common and Reid, Aaron Kaplan (Santa Clarita Diet, Divorce), Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone are also on board as executive producers. Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) directed the premiere episode and is also listed as an executive producer; with Fox 21 Television Studios handled production.