Aml Ameen, Ronnie Rowe Jr and Mouna Traoré to lead BET+ series 'The Porter'

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Aml Ameen, Ronnie Rowe Jr and Mouna Traoré to lead BET+ series 'The Porter'

BET+ and Canadian broadcaster CBC have set the lead cast of of their historical drama series The Porter which is set in the 1920s and is about a group of railway workers who come together to form the first Black Union. Aml Ameen (I May Destroy you) will play the role of Junior Massey, an intelligent, smooth, ambitious, and fearless risk-taker and war veteran employed as a porter with the transcontinental railroad. Mouna Traore will essay the role of Massey’s wife Marlene, a worker with the Black Cross Nurses, an offshoot of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association. Lastly Ronnie Rowe Jr. will be playing Massey’s war buddy Zeke Garrett. 

Created by Arnold Pinnock (Altered Carbon) and Bruce Ramsay (19-2) with Annmarie Morais (Killjoys), Marsha Greene (Private Eyes), and Aubrey Nealon (Snowpiercer), the series is being produced by Winnipeg-based Inferno Pictures and Sphere Media’s Sienna Films.  ]Charles Officer (21 Thunder) and R.T. Thorne (Blindspot) direct and are executive producers. The show is being penned by Morais, Greene, Andrew Burrows-Trotman, Priscilla White, Pinnock and Ramsay, with R.T. Thorne. 

Here’s the logline: “Set primarily in Montreal, Chicago and Detroit as the world rebuilds after the First World War, The Porter depicts the Black community in St. Antoine, Montreal — known, at the time, as the “Harlem of the North.” They’re young, gifted and Black, from Canada, the Caribbean, and the U.S. via the Underground Railroad and through the Great Migration, and they find themselves thrown together north and south of the color line, in an era that boasts anything is possible — but if change isn’t coming for them, they will come for it. By any means necessary.” 

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