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‘Government Cheese’ adds 3 actors to David Oyelowo Comedy for Apple

Apple Studios and MACRO Television Studios have added three new actors to Government Cheese, the upcoming Apple TV+ dramedy with David Oyelowo starring in the lead role as well as serving as executive producer through his company Yoruba Saxon.

Created by Paul Hunter and Aeysha Carr, Government Cheese follows Hampton Chambers (Oyelowo), a man recently released from prison who struggles to keep his criminal past at bay and win back his family, all while processing moments of divine intervention that seem to happen with increasing frequency. 

Joining the cast are Bokeem Woodbine (Old Dads), Adam Beach (The Power of the Dog) and Sunita Mani (Servant). Government Cheese also stars Simone Missick.

The project is based on an eponymous original short film by Hunter, which he and Oyelowo took to MACRO and Apple Studios. Hunter and Carr serve as co-showrunners, writers and executive producers. Charles D. King and Ahmadou Seck will executive produce the series for MACRO Television Studios along with Jelani Johnson and Marta Fernandez. Hunter will direct.

Oyelowo will executive produce through his Yoruba Saxon banner. Ali Brown will serve as co-executive producer alongside Hunter through Ventureland. 

Government Cheese marks the second collaboration for Apple TV+ and Oyelowo, who recently starred in Silo which was renewed for a second season. Apple TV+ also recently announced a multi-year, first-look deal with Yoruba Saxon, the production banner founded by Oyelowo and his wife/actress Jessica Oyelowo.

Woodbine is represented by Gersh and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum & Morris. Beach is represented by Buchwald, RED Management and Kleinberg, Lange, Cuddy and Carlo. Mani is represented by UTA and Mosaic.

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