Thursday, June 20, 2024

Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Series Announces Cast

Brandon Bell and Logan Browning
Brandon Bell and Logan Browning

*Netflix’s forthcoming series adaptation of “Dear White People” has set its cast.

The streaming service has nabbed Logan Browning to replace the feature film’s star Tessa Thompson, while Brandon P. Bell will reprise his role from the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Like Justin Simien’s 2014 crowdfunded movie, the series will focus on a diverse group of black students navigating a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug.

From Lionsgate Television The series is a send-up of “post-racial” America that also weaves a universal story about forging one’s own unique path. – 10 half-hour episodes –

Bell will reprise his role as Troy Fairbanks, the son of the dean of students and a charming political science major who is campaigning to become Winchester University’s first black student president. Troy strives for ideals rather than his own dreams, even as it becomes harder to keep his personal and private lives separate.

Simien will write the series and direct the first of ten half-hour episodes.

Yvette Lee Bowser (Blackish), Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev (both from “Dear White People”) will executive produce the series, which will begin production this year for a debut in 2017.

It’s unclear if any other of the movie’s original cast — including Tyler James Williams and Dennis Haysbert — will return for the TV series.

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