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Jay Z Producing Miniseries on Army’s First African American Sniper

Page Six recently reported that Jay Z will produce a docuseries about the Army’s first African American sniper, 29 year-old Nicholas Irving.

The project, titled The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers, is slated to be a six-hour NBC miniseries based on Irving’s 2015 memoir.

Nicolas Irving was a special operations sniper with quite the reputation, earning the nickname “The Reaper.” He is the 3rd Ranger Regiment’s first African-American sniper — reputed to be its deadliest, with close to three dozen kills.

Irving, who released a best-selling memoir titled “The Reaper” in 2015, says he has wrestled with post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol abuse since his return from service. He left the Army as a sergeant in March of 2010. He had been deployed three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan, ultimately spending 19 months in both places. During his final tour in 2009, Irving says he killed 33 insurgents during a 100 day period. The command said it doesn’t track sniper kills and cannot verify his claim.

Irving will be played by actor Sterling K. Brown in the series. Brown is best known for his part in The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, a role for which he was awarded an Emmy.

According to a Page Six source:

“The series will take a look inside the life of the world of special ops. The plan is to start filming early next year.”

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