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Breakout star Curtiss Cook talks The Chi & West Side Story

After a stellar performance in the latest season of Showtime and Lena Wathe’s hit series ‘The Chi,” as well as Steven Spielberg directed film WEST SIDE STORY, breakout star Curtiss Cook is the name that will be on everyone's mind in 2022.

Steven Spielberg’s WEST SIDE STORY film adaptation brings freshness to the iconic musical. The film is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story involving the Jets and Sharks, street gangs who are battling for turf on the harsh streets of the upper west side. Curtiss brings to life new character ‘Abe,’ a mysterious NYC man who has his hands in everything happening in the streets with an integral role to play in the film. Director Steven Spielberg created this new character specifically to bring a more accurate depiction of the different ethnicities left out in the original. Other cast members in the star studded film include Ansel Elgort, Rita Moreno, Maddie Ziegler, and Corey Stoll, to name a few. Please view the movies trailer here: WEST SIDE STORY MOVIE TRAILER

Showtime's "The Chi" is a thrilling American drama series about life in a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. The dramatic series centers on a group of Chicago residents, who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. Curtiss stars in the career defining role as 'Douda,' who is a successful Southside businessman, and now mayor after besting Lena Waithe’s character name at the end of the last season.

An actor who began his career struggling on Broadway as a single father of 3 children, Curtiss first caught the bug for acting early in life in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Following his passion, he put everything he had into solidifying his future career as an actor. Curtiss became the first American to receive a full-ride scholarship to London's prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He then moved to NYC and began performing on Broadway, including in productions of "The Lion King" and "Miss Saigon." Despite being a single father of 3 children, Curtiss received encouragement and help from his family to audition for television and film and is now best known for projects including ARBITRAGE, THE INTERPRETER, and SHUTTER ISLAND, along with roles in series such FX’s “Mayans MC,” NBC’s “Manifest” as Netflix's "House of Cards," "Luke Cage" and "Narcos,” to name a few.

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