FIRST LOOK: See Stan's latest gritty crime drama Godfather of Harlem starring Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker chronicling the life of Bumpy Johnson

He won an Academy Award for his portrayal of dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland.

And now, Forest Whitaker will return to the screen to play notorious gangster Bumpy Johnson in the new Stan series, Godfathers of Harlem.  

In a trailer for the series - to be released on October 1 - Forest lights up the screen as the 1960s New York City crime boss. 

FIRST LOOK: Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker (pictured) will star in Stan's new gritty crime drama chronicling the life of Bumpy Johnson in Godfathers of Harlem

FIRST LOOK: Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker (pictured) will star in Stan's new gritty crime drama chronicling the life of Bumpy Johnson in Godfathers of Harlem 

Showing the one-time powerful gangster has become a fish out of water, his wife Mayme Johnson - played by Ilfenesh Hadera - welcomes his home. 

'So much has changed in Harlem since you were gone,' she tells the gangster. 

'I just know you will get right back into the swing of things.' 

'I just know you will get right back into the swing of things,' Bumpy is forced to reclaim the Harlem streets from the Italian mob after decade stint in jail. Here with Ilfenesh Hadera, who plays his wife Mayme Johnson

'I just know you will get right back into the swing of things,' Bumpy is forced to reclaim the Harlem streets from the Italian mob after decade stint in jail. Here with Ilfenesh Hadera, who plays his wife Mayme Johnson 

The preview continues with Bumpy Johnson facing off against the Italian mob, who have taken over the street since he has been in jail. 

Amid the backroom gun culture with the Genovese crime family, Bumpy then gets into politics.  

During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X - who is played by Nigel Thatch. 

Taking back the streets: Bumpy catches Malcolm X's political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.

Taking back the streets: Bumpy catches Malcolm X's political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.

Bumpy catches Malcolm's political rise in the cross-hairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.  

As drugs and guns take over the streets, Bumpy and Malcolm do a deal to get it all back under the gangster's control.  

'I got guns,' Bumpy says to Malcolm X. 

'I got soldiers,' He replies. 

'I got guns,' Bumpy says to Malcolm X (played by Nigel Thatch) as he makes a plan to take back the streets of Harlem from the Italian mob. Pictured: Forest Whitaker

'I got guns,' Bumpy says to Malcolm X (played by Nigel Thatch) as he makes a plan to take back the streets of Harlem from the Italian mob. Pictured: Forest Whitaker 

Struggles: Amid the ongoing war which sees the series deal with racism and identity politics, Bumpy fights to own the streets in the gritty series. Pictured: Ilfenesh Hadera, who plays his wife Mayme Johnson

Struggles: Amid the ongoing war which sees the series deal with racism and identity politics, Bumpy fights to own the streets in the gritty series. Pictured: Ilfenesh Hadera, who plays his wife Mayme Johnson

Amid the ongoing war which sees the series deal with racism and identity politics, Bumpy fights to own the streets in the gritty series.  

Godfather of Harlem is a gripping collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement.  

It chronicles one of the most tumultuous times in American history.   

The series offers an all-star cast including Giancarlo Esposito, Lucy Fry, Vincent D'Onofrio and Goodfellas' Paul Sorvino. 

Godfather of Harlem arrives on Stan from October 1

Godfather of Harlem starts 1 October and is available only on Stan.

Godfather of Harlem starts 1 October and is available only on Stan.

See Stan's latest gritty crime drama Godfather of Harlem starring Forest Whitaker

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