Apple TV+ Lands Black Panther Limited Series “The Big Cigar”

Apple TV+ has today announced “The Big Cigar,” a new six-episode limited series that chronicles the true story of Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton’s escape to Cuba.

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The Big Cigar tells the extraordinary, hilarious, true story of how Newton relied on his best friend, Bert Schneider, the Hollywood producer behind “Easy Rider,” to elude a nationwide manhunt and escape to Cuba while being pursued into exile by the FBI.

Executive produced and written by Jim Hecht, The Big Cigar hails from Warner Bros. Television, where Sherman Barrois and her Folding Chair Productions are under an overall deal. 

André Holland (“The Eddy,” “Moonlight”) is currently in discussions to star as Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton.

The series marks the latest collaboration for Apple TV+ and Warner Bros. Television, following the recently announced series orders for “Shrinking,” a new comedy that will star Jason Segel and Harrison Ford.