Sonja Sohn (The Wire) has booked a recurring role opposite Jason Mitchell on Showtime’s hourlong drama The Chi, from Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Common, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios!

Created/executive produced by Lena Waithe, executive produced/showrun by Elwood Reid, and executive produced by Common and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios, The Chi is a relevant, timely and distinctive coming-of-age story and follows a half dozen interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago.  Sohn will portray Laverne, Brandon’s (Mitchell) unpredictable and dysfunctional alcoholic mother with whom he shares a very strained and resentful relationship.

Sohn joins a cast including Yolonda Ross (Treme, The Get Down), Tiffany Boone (The Following), Jacob Latimore (Collateral Beauty), and Jason Mitchell (Mudbound).

Sohn, best known for her starring role as Detective Kima Greggs on all five seasons of HBO’s The Wire, recently recurred on Hulu’s Shut Eye, and Luke Cage for Marvel/Netflix. She is also currently directing and executive producing For The Love Of Baltimore, a full-length documentary for HBO. Sohn is repped by APA and More/Medavoy Management.

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