I’m a Virgo: Jharrel Jerome to star in Boots Riley Amazon series
James R | On 15, Dec 2020
Jharrel Jerome is heading from Netflix to Amazon for I’m a Virgo, a new series from Boots Riley.
Jerome, who starred in Netflix’s When They See Us and has gone on to impress in Netflix’s Concrete Cowboy, had a breakout performance in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Now, he’s headed to Amazon Studios, with the online giant giving a series order to the coming-of-age story about a 13-foot Black man (Jerome) who lives in Oakland, California. Jerome is no stranger to Amazon, though, after Amazon Prime Video released Selah and the Spades.
Riley, who enjoyed immediate cult success with his debut Sorry to Bother You, has written the series and will also direct. He serves as exec-producer, alongside Michael Ellenberg of Media Res, Tze Chun and Jerome. The half-hour project, like Sorry to Bother You, is described as “absurdist”. It is a co-production between Amazon and Media Res.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Amazon on this project,” said Riley in a statement. “This show will either have me lauded or banned, and as such, I have demanded payment up front.”
“I’m A Virgo is refreshingly original and there’s nothing else like it on television,” commented Albert Cheng, COO and co-head of television for Amazon Studios. “No one is quite like Boots, and we’re so excited to be working with him and Jharrel on this fantastical, funny, and utterly unique new series. We can’t wait for our Prime Video customers to see it.”