*Imagine you are a black female lieutenant in the police department and your latest case involves a white man who expresses complete and utter shock that you – an African American woman – can hold such a position of authority…not to mention, wear pants.
It all makes sense in Fox’s new drama “Sleepy Hollow,” a modern take on the classic tale where the white man, Ichabod Crane, died in battle during the Revolutionary War only to come alive suddenly in the present day – where slavery no longer exists and women are not confined to petticoats.
“Ichabod Crane is hilarious,” says Nicole Beharie, who plays Lieutenant (turned Sheriff) Abbie Mills in the new series, premiering tonight at 9 p.m. “Some of the situations that we’re in, they’re outlandish and I think the audience is gonna have a lot of fun with them.”
What brings Ichibod (Tom Mison) across Abbie’s path? Not only has he suddenly awakened in the town of Sleepy Hollow in 2013, but he’s brought with him the Headless Horseman, a.k.a. the soldier whose head Ichabod chopped off in 1790 just before he was killed. When the Horseman gets turned up and starts killing townspeople, Ichabod must partner with Abbie – the only one who halfway believes his ludicrous story – to try and stop him.
With Abbie being both African American and a woman, Ichabod’s 18th century Colonial America sensibilities provide some comic relief along the way. Also, supernatural forces eventually weave their way into the storyline. (After all, this is Fox.)
Below, Beharie – most recently seen in the feature film “42” – drops hints as to how these dark forces will play into her character’s arc this season.
“Sleepy Hollow,” co-starring Orlando Jones, premieres Mon., Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. Watch a promo below.