When it comes to an actor’s name instantly classing up any production that they’re associated with, there are few stars in current-day Hollywood that can light up the screen the way in which Obie and Oscar-winning thespian Morgan Freeman can. Since the 85 year-old Memphis, Tennessee native hit the ground running in the iconic kid’s show The Electric Company, Freeman has been a constant on the landscape of cinema and television. Doubt the veracity of that statement? Then why not dust off your neglected Blockbuster card and go out and view such masterpieces as Street Smart, Glory, Driving Miss Daisy, Shawshank Redemption, Seven, The Unforgiven, Nurse Betty and Million Dollar Baby. This mensch of cinema is the gravity and the center of any scene that he’s in and, as we said at the top, he can class up even the most mediocre of productions. All of the above is a very big reason why we’re celebrating the news today from our The Dark Knight fans over at The Hollywood Reporter that the legendary Morgan Freeman has just signed along the dotted line for an upcoming Paramount+ series.
Moviegoers and television lovers the world over celebrated the news that Morgan Freeman has just joined the cast of the upcoming Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone) Paramount+ series The Lioness. Freeman will mix it up acting-wise in this new endeavor with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Zoe Saldaña, Laysla De Oliveira, Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Austin Hébert, Jonah Wharton, Stephanie Nur and Hannah Love Lanier.
The Lioness is ripped from real world headlines and will focus on an actual-to-Pete CIA program. De Oliveira plays (according to the ever-handy-dandy studio logline; don’t leave home without it) a “rough-around-the-edges but passionate young Marine recruited to join the CIA’s Lioness Engagement Team to help bring down a terrorist organization from within.”
As for the subject of this article’s headline, Freeman has been tasked with portraying U.S. Secretary of State Edwin Mullins. This one should be a cinch for an actor who essayed the stately role of the President of the United States in the film Deep Impact.
If that’s not enough Freeman goodness for you Dear and Constant Reader, then hold onto your fedoras and bonnets: Outside of The Lioness, Freeman can be seen on the big screen in the upcoming films A Good Person, Muti, and Paradise Highway.
We’ll keep everyone posted on a release date for The Lioness as soon as it comes roaring in to us!