Jesse Williams has been tapped for Hulu’s one-hour drama pilot “Olga Dies Dreaming.” The Grey’s Anatomy alum actor will star opposite previously announced cast Ramón Rodríguez (Gang Related) and Aubrey Plaza.
The series is based on the yet-to-be-released novel by Xochitl Gonzalez and tells the story of a Nuyorican brother (Rodríguez) and sister (Plaza) from a gentrifying Sunset Park, Brooklyn, reckoning with the absent, politically radical mother and their glittering careers among New York City’s elite in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
According to Deadline, Williams will play Matteo who is a collector: of music, of objects, of trivia, and mainly, of opinions. A passionate Brooklynite, he won’t just tell you where to find the best slice, he’ll drive you there to get it. He’d come across as a know it all if, in fact, he wasn’t so genuinely curious about everything. He’s a person keenly aware of people’s inclination to put everyone and everything into neat little boxes and he firmly refuses to conform.
The series will be written by Gonzalez and will be directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. 20th Television is the studio. Both Rodríguez and Plaza also serve as producers on the pilot.
Williams is best known for his role as Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy for 12 seasons.