Story Of Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire To Hit Theaters Thanks To Don Cheadle

Famed actor Don Cheadle returns to the silver screen to premiere a rarely told story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the House of Lies star breathes life into the legacy of Wall Street’s first black millionaire, Jeremiah G. Hamilton.

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The script takes its cue from Shane White’s 2015 book, Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire. Migrating from Haiti to New York in the 19th century, Hamilton landed a profitable career as a broker and made his way to tycoon status by purchasing railroad stock. Given the deadly racial climate during that time period, Hamilton received opposition after he married a white woman and lived in a lucrative area of New Jersey.

Cheadle re-teams with Miles Ahead collaborator Steven Baigelman, who will adapt the book for film format. In addition to starring in the movie, Cheadle will serve as producer and writer.

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Okayplayer states that Hamilton was worth $2 million when he died. That’s equivalent to $42 million in present time.

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