Cress Williams Cast As Black Lightning
Last month we heard about DC’s Black Lightning heading to Fox and that filming for the pilot starts in March. Now it has been decided that the CW’s own Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) will be playing Jefferson Pierce on the upcoming Black Lightning series from Executive Producer Greg Berlanti says sources at The Hollywood Reporter.
Originally developed at Fox who passed on the pilot last month, at that time the series was ordered to move to the CW where it seems like Berlanti’s comic book dramas have made a home for themselves. Reportedly, FOX felt they were overextended on genre and comic book TV series, with a pair of X-Men series joining Gotham and Lucifer. The move to The CW presents the opportunity for Black Lightning to coexist with, and cross over with, the other Berlanti superhero shows — something that would have been borderline impossible on FOX.
Greg Berlanti produced “Riverdale,” “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” With Black Lightning coming to the CW, this makes for Greg Berlanti’s sixth comic book-based adaptation and his fifth DC-based series which who be the first to star a black superhero as the title star.
The pilot revolves around Jefferson Pierce (Williams), who made a choice to hang up his suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend — Black Lightning.
The drama is based on the DC Character Black Lightning created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.
The Game duo Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil will pen the script and exec produce the drama alongside Greg Berlanti and his Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter.
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