Hulu Orders Sammy Davis Jr. Limited Series From Lee Daniels, Elijah Kelley To Star

The candy man is coming to Hulu! The streamer has ordered eight episodes of a limited series about Sammy Davis, Jr. from Lee Daniels and 20th Television. It’s based on the Wil Haygood book, “In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.”

Multi-hyphenate performer Elijah Kelley will portray the title role, having starred in NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” and New Line’s Hairspray. He’s previously collaborated with Daniels on Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Fox’s Star.

Here’s the official logline: “Sammy Davis, Jr. rose from childhood stardom on the vaudeville stage to become one of the most famous African American entertainers of the 1950s and ’60s (and the only Black member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack). At the same time, he spent most of his career surrounded by controversy and ridicule–over his affairs with white film stars, his 1960 marriage to Swedish actress May Britt, his conversion to Judaism, his closeness to the Kennedys (and later Richard Nixon), and his problems with alcohol and drugs.”

Daniels will also direct the first two episodes. Kelley will also produce and collaborate on some of the show’s original music. Co-EP is Thomas Westfall, while Haygood will produce. Marc Toberoff is also an EP on the project.

A production location or start date has not been set.

Kelley, who also starred in BET’s The New Edition Story, is represented by Generational Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.

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