If all goes as planned, OutKast may soon be featured on Atlanta’s Stone Mountain, their image carved right beside those of Confederate leaders. That won’t be the only place fans can spot André 3000’s face, however: The musician, born Andre Benjamin, is set to star in season two of the ABC show American Crime.
In the Emmy-nominated anthology drama, Benjamin will play the role of Michael Lacroix, a Midwest architect who, along with his wife (played by Regina King), is an important and powerful person in the local community. Season two will see the couple rush to their son’s defense after he becomes embroiled in a messy scandal at his posh private school, an incident that leads to debates on sexual orientation and gender issues.
American Crime is directed by John Ridley, who previously worked with Benjamin on last year’s Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side. “Personally, I couldn’t be more excited than to work again with Andre,” Ridley told The Hollywood Reporter.
“He is an amazing individual, a true artist, and All Is By My Side is one of the reasons I was given the reins on American Crime. Folks at ABC were absolutely moved by Andre’s performance in the film, and by the overall language of cinema we used in telling the story. It’s fair to say American Crime might not exist were it not for our previous collaboration.”
Season two of American Crime is set to air midseason during the 2015-2016 season.