Christina Jackson to star opposite Y’lan Noel in FX drama pilot adaptation of The Spook Who Sat by the Door.
The series is based on Sam Greenlee’s spy novel that centered on the fictional story of Dan Freeman, the first African American CIA officer hired by the agency in the late 1960s. He is a patriot, a Vietnam vet, and secretly, a Black Revolutionary.
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The story chronicles the quest of Freeman (Noel), who was recruited as part of an affirmative-action program. After a very competitive selection process he trains in high-level combat and espionage. However, following this arduous training, this model recruit is rewarded with a post in the reprographics, aka photocopying, department, ‘left by the door’ as a token of the CIA’s ‘racial equality’.
Jackson will play Joy Freeman. She is an up-and-coming attorney committed to making a difference in her community as well as Dan’s (Noel) wife.
Leigh Dana Jackson is writing the pilot and Gerard McMurray is directing. Lee Daniels is executive producing alongside Marc Velez, Leigh Dana Jackson and Gerard McMurray. Jackson will also serve as showrunner.
Greenlee’s book was published in 1969 and turned into a feature film in 1973. In the film the roles of Dan and Joy Freeman were played by Lawrence Cook and Janet League, respectively.