As we eagerly await new episodes of “Insecure” and “Empire,” Issa Rae and Jussie Smollett are giving us a new show to watch. And it looks like it will be a damn good one.
The duo have teamed up to executive produce a web-series scripted drama called “Giants.” The show, to be released via Rae’s production company, depicts the story and struggle of three black millennials ― Malachi, Journee and Ade ― who are nearing 30 and having a hard time getting it together.
Rae has dozens of production credits under her belt, extending before her “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” web-series in 2011. Smollett has also executive produced titles, including the short drama “Sacred Heart” and the series “Smollett Eats.”
“Giants” explores themes of mental health, sexuality, police brutality and more. It’s created, written, directed by and starring James Bland, who appeared in the Rae’s web-series “First.” It also stars Vanessa Baden, William Catlett and others.
In a press release, Bland said the show “explores social issues that are either ignored or stigmatized by the black community.” He added, “And regardless of race, these characters’ experiences are relatable to almost anyone because they learn the hard way that when life kicks your a**, you either lie down or fight back.”
According to the show’s successful Indiegogo campaign page, the crew shot six 20-minute episodes. “Giants” will premiere January 25 at 8 p.m. EST. Watch the trailer below.