Adrienne Warren is set as a lead in Hulu’s upcoming drama series “Black Cake.”
“Black Cake” is based on the upcoming book by Charmaine Wilkerson. It is a family drama wrapped in a murder mystery with a diverse cast of characters and a global setting. The story spans decades and takes place in Jamaica, Rome, Scotland, England and Southern California.
In the late 1960s, a runaway bride named Covey disappears into the surf off the coast of Jamaica and is feared drowned or a fugitive on the run for her husband’s murder. Fifty years later in California, a widow named Eleanor Bennett loses her battle with cancer, leaving her two estranged children, Byron and Benny (Warren), a flash drive that holds previously untold stories of her journey from the Caribbean to America. These stories, narrated by Eleanor, shock her children and challenge everything they thought they knew about their family’s origin.
According to Deadline, Warren’s Benny Bennett is an artist and empath who loves with her whole heart, but mysterious circumstances have kept her estranged from her entire family for eight years. When Benny is summoned home by her brother to listen to a message left by their late mother, she is forced to face the ghosts from her past that have kept her from her family for all these years.
The show landed a straight to series order last fall and comes from Women of the Movement creator Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Andrew Dosunmu (Where Is Kyra?) has been tapped to direct the pilot episode. Cerar will write the adaptation and will serve as showrunner on the series.
The series is executive produced by Cerar, Harpo Films’ Winfrey and Carla Gardini and Kapital Entertainment’s Kaplan, Brian Morewitz and Michael Lohmann. Harpo’s Emily Rudolf co-executive produces. Jessie Abbott is overseeing for Kapital.
Warren can be seen next opposite Viola Davis in Gina Prince Bythewood’s upcoming historical epic feature film The Woman King, which releases this September in theaters. She also won the Tony, Drama Desk, Antonyo and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance as Tina Turner in Broadway’s Tina, The Tina Turner Musical.