Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Sonita Henry (Krypton) 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:
Turman will play Charles Mitch, a successful lawyer in Newport Beach, Calif. whose top priority is to honor the final wishes of his dear friend and client Eleanor Bennett after she loses her battle to cancer. As Charles works with Eleanor’s family to complete her requests, he is persistent to keep the family together while simultaneously working through his own private grief. Turman is a series regular.
Henry will recur as Mabel Martin, a well renowned food expert, who enjoys a successful and quiet life with her son and her beloved parents. When her world is upended by a shattering revelation, she’ll be forced to question everything she has believed about her family, sending her down a path that ultimately cracks open the pandora’s box of her own secrets.
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.