Turns out rapper-turned-actor Mos Def is really getting his acting chops on for the upcoming Showtime series “Dexter” as an on-set photo and character description have now been revealed.
Shown with glasses and a short haircut, Def is pictured next to “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall.
When the Showtime series returns this fall for a sixth season, there will be plenty of fresh blood, including Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, and Mos Def (right, with Michael C. Hall). The rapper-actor plays Brother Sam, a reformed criminal who runs an auto-body shop. He crosses paths with our resident serial killer when one of his employees comes under investigation. Says executive producer Scott Buck, ”Dexter is ?unconvinced that Brother Sam is a man who found God and changed his violent ways.” (Entertainment Weekly)
Details of Def’s interest to join “Dexter” next season hit the Internet in May.
Mos Def has finalized a deal for a multi-episode arc on the sixth season of “Dexter,” according to sources. The actor and hip-hop artist will play a hardened ex-con who claims to have found religion yet seems to continually find himself surrounded by violence. Michael C. Hall’s Dexter will reveal the truth of who he really is. (Billboard)
Production reportedly went into full gear last month
Production on the sixth season of the Showtime drama thriller begins in June with an eye toward a fall bow. Mos Def joins Colin Hanks — who will appear in all 12 episodes — as one of the upcoming season’s villains. Hanks will play Travis, Dexter’s main nemesis and a highly intelligent ancient artifacts expert who is linked to a series of grisly murders in Miami. (Hollywood Reporter)
Last year, Def made headlines for linking up with Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music.
The Brooklyn MC and West talk about the deal and break down their musical relationship in the October issue of XXL, which comes out on Tuesday and features a Kanye cover story. And Mos Def makes an appearance on West’s G.O.O.D. Friday single “Lord, Lord, Lord,” along with Swizz Beatz, Raekwon and singer Charlie Wilson. Mos’ decision to join G.O.O.D. Music follows the release of his last album, The Ecstatic, on indie label Downtown Records in 2009. The rapper/actor and Kanye first collaborated on the Chicago MC’s College Dropout, for “Two Words,” and then again on “Drunk and Hot Girls” from (MTV)
Check out some past Mos Def acting footage below: