With Fox bailing on the pilot for ‘Black Lightning‘ we’ve seen that The CW is willing to give it a shot. Greg Berlanti practically runs the network with his DC shows at this rate, so it isn’t a surprise, but it is still exciting news to see it happen. With that said, we’ve just gotten details of four of the series regulars that they’re looking to cast for the show which includes the inspiration of the type of character they would like to see playing the lead.
Let’s take a quick look:
[JEFFERSON PIERCE] Male, African-American, late 30s to 50. Handsome, fit with an athletic build. Former 3-time gold medal decathlon winner who is now principal of a high school in South Central Los Angeles. A father figure to his students and hero to the local community. JEFFERSON is charming, charismatic, smart, and has both warmth and humor. He is devoted to his two daughters and remains deeply in love with his ex-wife LYNN. He also has a great passion for justice and a quick temper that he has spent years learning how to control. Think Idris Elba. LEAD.
[ANISSA] Female, African-American, to play 22. JEFFERSON’s elder daughter. Beautiful, quick-witted and intelligent; intense and passionate. ANISSA has a great respect for her father. ANISSA balances the demands of medical school with her duties as a part time teacher at JEFFERSON’s school. SERIES REGULAR, ASP.
[JENNIFER] Female, African-American, LEGAL 18 to play 16. JEFFERSON’s younger daughter. JENNIFER is a scholar athlete; beautiful with a lean, athletic runner’s build. She is the entitled feminist of the Pierce family. Independent and outspoken with a wild streak. SERIES REGULAR, ASP.
[LYNN] Female, African-American, mid 30s to 50. Exudes confidence and intelligence. Beautiful, but not to be trifled with. Can exhibit both great emotional depth as well as a flirtatious, mischievous side. SERIES REGULAR, ASP.
Clearly, Elba is a hot commodity right now, and if they can find someone with the same kind of acting chops and intensity, I do believe that the lead could carry the show on his own. One thing that this does seemingly confirm the is the plot rumors which we shared earlier today. The ones it doesn’t seem to touch are the two daughters, Anissa and Jennifer who both have powers in the comics. Of course, that could be something that comes along later in the series as their powers might not have manifested as the series kicks off.
Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Black Lightning’? Do you feel that The CW has another hit on their hands? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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