Oscar-winning actor, Don Cheadle, will star in and produce a new film biopic, “Prince of Darkness,” about America’s first black millionaire Jeremiah G. Hamilton.
According to Variety, Steven Baigelman, who co-wrote the “Miles Ahead” screenplay with Cheadle, has been tapped to adapt the “Prince of Darkness” script from Shane White’s book “Prince of Darkness: The Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire.”
The book portrays Hamilton as a confident and boisterous man who defied the odds during the 19th century and acquired a fortune of around $2 million, which equates to about $250 million in modern times. He handled most of his dealings in the white business world of Wall Street, married a white woman, bought a mansion in rural New Jersey, and owned railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to ride.
When Hamilton died, he was often referred to as the richest black man in the U.S. White’s book on Hamilton was the winner of the 2015 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Best Book Prize.
Cheadle directed, produced, and starred in the 2015 Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead.” He has extensive credits dating back to 1995’s “Devil in a Blue Dress” and including “Boogie Nights,” “Out of Sight,” “Traffic,” the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, “Crash,” and as James Rhodes/War Machine in the “Iron Man” and “Captain America” movies. His role on Showtime’s “House of Lies” has earned him four Emmy nominations, and he received an Oscar nomination for “Hotel Rwanda.”