Monday, May 27, 2024

Ashton Sanders in ‘Equalizer 2’, Anna Diop in ‘Titans’, ‘Dear White People’ Ups Marque Richardson

(L-R) Ashton Sanders, Anna Diop and Marque Richardson

*In casting news, “Moonlight” standout Ashton Sanders snags a Denzel Washington flick, “Greenleaf” anf “24: Legacy” alum Anna Diop enters the world of DC Comics, and Marque Richardson of the Netflix series “Dear White People” gets a promotion for season 2.

Richardson, technically a recurring character in the first season of Netflix’s “Dear White People,” has been promoted to series regular for Season 2. Richardson plays radical computer science major Reggie Green, the character he portrayed in the 2014 feature film. Richardson also appeared in HBO’s “All the Way” and sorority comedy “Step Sisters.”

Sanders, the middle of the three actors who played the lead character in Barry Jenkins’ Best Picture Oscar winner “Moonlight,” has earned the lead role in Sony’s “The Equalizer 2,” which reteams star Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua. Washington’s Robert McCall will be a father figure to Sanders’ character in the sequel, which begins production next month in Boston and has a September 14, 2018, release date. Plot details have yet to be revealed.

“24: Legacy” alum Diop joins the new live-action series “Titans,” from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV. She’ll co-lead as Starfire, alongside Australian newcomer Teagan Croft as Raven, in the series slated to premiere in 2018 as part of the inaugural slate of a new DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service.

“Titans” follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In the action-adventure series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire, Raven and others.

Diop’s Starfire (aka Koriand’r) is an alien princess from a warrior planet who seeks asylum on Earth. A no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners stranger on our world, she has the ability to shoot energy bolts and fly. Searching for her place on Earth, she’ll come into contact with the Titans.

Diop starred on Fox’s “24: Legacy” and was a series regular on the CW’s “The Messengers.” She also recurred on ABC’s “Quantico” and OWN’s “Greenleaf.”


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