Emmy Award-winning writer and executive producer Lena Waite is back with more heat for our TV screens. Today (Oct. 18) she released the trailer for The Chi, a Showtime series created alongside fellow Chicago native Common. The trailer (Raury’s “Devil’s Whisper” soundtracks the mood of the visual) depicts an intersection of complex stories, all belonging to inhabitants of Chicago’s South Side.
We get to follow along as the stories of Brandon (Jason Mitchell), Jerrika (Tiffany Boone), Ronnie (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine), Jada (Yolonda Ross), Emmett (Jacob Latimore), Kevin (Alex Hibbert) and Coogie (Jahking Guillory) unfold.
According to Showtime, in the series, “Kevin is the preteen who must step past shattered illusions and embrace the normal rites of childhood, while Brandon, the dreamer, makes his own nearly impossible leap of faith to succeed in life and love with girlfriend Jerrika. Emmett is the carefree teen who is thrust into complex responsibility with guidance from his mother, Jada, and Ronnie is the drifter whose struggle to love and be loved calls into question his every pursuit.”
Elwood Reid and Aaron Kaplan share executive producer credits with Common. The Chi premieres Sunday, Jan. 7, at 10 p.m. Watch the trailer below.