Ex-Harlemite Gbenga Akinnagbe Stars In ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

Gbenga AkinnagbeOne-time Harlem and Washington Heights resident, uptown guy Gbenga Akinnagbe (“The Following,” “The Wire”) stars opposite Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Maika Monroe and Joey King in Roland Emmerich’s long-awaited “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

Gbenga stars in the pivotal role of Agt. Matthew Travis at AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 theater on June 20th, 2016 in Harlem, New York. 

The summer’s next major blockbuster with a $200 million budget is set two decades after the first Independence Day invasion as Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. Will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?

The young actor, known for exceptional performances opposite an abundance of lauded award winners like Alfre Woodard (“State of Affairs,” “12 Years a Slave”) in the signature 2015 critically lauded, “Knucklehead,” is Akinnagbe best known for his performance as the loyal friend, caring mentor and prolific hit man “Chris Partlow” on the legendary HBO series The Wire. He joins “The Deuce” (HBO) shooting this summer in New York opposite James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal with the series expected to premiere late 2016-7.

Recently portraying the character “Tom” on Fox’s “The Following”  with Kevin Bacon,  “Pastor Isiah Easton” on CBS’s “The Good Wife” and “Kelly Slater” on Showtime’s hit series ” Nurse Jackie,”  Akinnagbe is that actor’s actor whose career has been on an upward trajectory tackling challenge after challenge with originality and skill. This summer’s first blockbuster is another level.

Take a look at Gbenga in “Independence Day: Insurgence”:

Check out “Independence Day: Resurgence,” on Monday, June 20th, 2016 (local dates may vary), AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 theater, 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd, at 124th Street, Harlem, NY, 212.665.6923.

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