Chipo Chung and Anthony Mark Barrow have been cast in Hulu’s upcoming drama series “Black Cake.”
“Black Cake” is based on the 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 (Isaac) 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 to her two estranged children, Byron (Thomas) 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:
Chung will play Eleanor Bennett, who leaves behind a series of recordings after losing her battle with cancer. Her stories chronicle her journey from the Caribbean to America that shock her surviving children, and challenge everything they thought they knew about the woman who raised them. Chung will be a series regular.
Barrow will recur as Clarence “Little Man” Henry, the head of a powerful family in Jamaica in the 1960s who is feared and respected by the Island community.
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.
Zetna Fuentes (This Is Us) has been tapped to direct the pilot episode, replacing Andrew Dosunmu. 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.
Chung can be seen next in the Apple series Wool as well as in the third season of HBO’s His Dark Materials.
Barrow was in the pilot Getaway for NBC. Other credits include Love, Sex + Robots, EastEnders, Colony, and The Convergence: Mission.