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Don Cheadle to play Wall Street’s first black millionaire

Don Cheadle has nabbed the film and TV rights to Shane White’s 2015 book “Prince of Darkness”, reports THR.

Cheadle will produce and star in the drama which is being written by Steven Baigelman, who worked with Cheadle on their Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead”.

“Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire” sheds light on the obscure story of Hamilton, who was mentioned in an obituary for Cornelius Vanderbilt as the tycoon’s true rival. White’s book details the rise of Hamilton as he is chased out of Haiti and becomes a broker and land agent in 19th century New York, his success prickling both white and black society. He broke many taboos of the times, including marrying a white woman and owning stock in rail companies on whose trains he wasn’t legally allowed to ride. When Hamilton died, obits at the time called him the richest black man in America (via THR).

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