Courtney B. Vance to helm crime drama Heist 88

It seems American crime history and 61st street star Courtney B. Vance is about to be on the other side of the law. Deadline reports that Vance will star and produce Heist 88, a heist film based on one of the greatest heists in American history. The film will be the first made under the renewed overall deal between MTV Entertainment Studios and Bassett Vance Production, Vance’s production company with Angela Bassette.

In Heist 88, Vance will play Jeremy Horne, a “criminal mastermind” in 1988 with a knack for convincing people to do exactly what he wants. With the threat of going to jail hanging over Jeremy, he decides, in true heist movie fashion, to pull off one last job. Jeremy Horne is said to be loosely based on an actual heist mastermind Armand Moore. In 1989, Moore was convicted of stealing more than sixty-nine million dollars from the First National Bank of Chicago by manipulating young bank employees to help it operate the then wire transfer system.


Vance is a two-time Emmy-winning actor – he won his first Emmy for acting OJ Simpsonthe lawyer of Johnnie Cochran in American crime history. He also starred for five seasons as an assistant district attorney on Law & Order: criminal intent and currently plays a lawyer in the new AMC drama 61st street. Vance’s other roles include his Emmy-winning performance on HBO Lovecraft Country and The Hunt for Red October.

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Vance gave a brief statement about the film and his character, saying:

“This character is inspired by a man who managed to convince a small group of young people who were at the lowest levels of their bank to join him in committing one of the greatest crimes against the American banking system in the world. history of this country. At its core, it’s an unapologetically compelling story that takes us back to where we are today. What is the American Dream and who does it work for?

Vance will be joined in the film by Keesha Sharp, Green Bentley, keith david, Xavier Clyde, Nican Robinsonand precious path. Heist 88 will be led by Menhaj Huda from a screenplay written by Dwayne Johnson Cochran. Huda is known for directing the crime drama Childhood as well as episodes of shows like the flash and batman. Johnson-Cochran has already written the film Love and action in Chicagowhich also featured Vance.

Heist 88 would have been a passion project for the trio of Vance, Bassett and Johnson-Cochran. Over the years, the story has been planned as a series on both FX and HBO. But, after Bassett Vance Productions signed an overall deal with MTV Entertainment Studios in 2020, it was decided to make it into a movie.

Heist 88 is currently in production in Chicago. Stay tuned to Collider for any future updates on the project.

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