Filmed in Gastonia, North Carolina and the Charlotte region, Fox’s new hot button drama Shots Fired premieres tomorrow (Wednesday, March 22), and we have two new previews to get you ready for the action.
The 10-hour event series takes an explosive look at the criminal justice system, following the murder of a young man in a fictional North Carolina town.
Examining the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small southern town, Shots Fired is a dramatic new event series that is a “why done it?” and a “who done it?”
When an African-American police officer kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, re-opening wounds that threaten to tear the town apart. Leading the Department of Justice’s inquiry into these shootings is seasoned investigator Ashe Akino (Sanaa Lathan) and a young Special Prosecutor, Preston Terry (Stephan James), both of whom are African-American.
As they start to pull back the layers of both cases, they suspect a cover-up that may involve some of the state’s most powerful people, including fiercely political North Carolina Governor Patricia Eamons (Academy-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Helen Hunt). She’s in a tough re-election fight, and the recent shootings in her state are making it even tougher.
Meanwhile, real estate mogul and owner of a privatized prison Arlen Cox (Academy- and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss) is pulled into the case, as Lt. Eric Breeland (Stephen Moyer), a seasoned veteran in the town’s Sheriff’s Department, gets caught in the middle of the investigation.
Shots Fired tackles the racial divide from all perspectives. As Ashe and Preston navigate the media attention, public debate, and social unrest that come with such volatile cases, they learn that everybody has a story, and that the truth is rarely black and white.
The ensemble cast includes Sanaa Lathan as Ashe Akino, Stephan James as Preston Terry, Helen Hunt as Governor Patricia Eamons, Richard Dreyfuss as Arlen Cox, Stephen Moyer as Lt. Eric Breeland, Tristan Wilds as Dep. Joshua Belk, Aisha Hinds as Pastor Janae James, Will Patton as Sheriff Daniel Platt, Conor Leslie as Sarah Ellis, Clare-Hope Ashitey as Kerry Belk, DeWanda Wise as Shameeka Campbell.
Shots Fired airs on Wednesdays at 8pm on Fox.
You can watch the latest TV spots and the official trailers below!