Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games) has been cast as the lead in Civil War era drama Emperor.
Emperor is inspired by the story of Shields Green who, in 1859, escaped from a plantation and made a daring journey north where he met Frederick Douglass and John Brown. With the opportunity to continue to freedom in Canada, Green instead chose to fight to end slavery. The raid at Harpers Ferry is considered one of the sparks that led to the Civil War.
In addition to appearing in The Hunger Games Okeniyi is also known for Jennifer Lopez cop drama Shades of Blue which is set to begin production on its final season later this year.
Mark Amin is set to direct, Pat Charles and Amin penned the screenplay with Reginald Hudlin and Cami Winikoff producing the project.