Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Sonita Henri (Krypton) have been cast in Hulu’s upcoming drama series “Black Cake.”
“Black Cake” is based on the book by Charmaine Wilkerson. It’s a family drama wrapped in a murder mystery with a diverse cast of characters and a global setting. The story spans decades and is set in Jamaica, Rome, Scotland, England, and Southern California.
Other actors include Adrienne Warren, Mia Isaac, Ashley Thomas, Lashay Anderson (Rebel Cheer Squad), Faith Alabi (Industry).
In the late 1960s, a runaway bride named Covey (Isaac) disappears in the surf off the coast of Jamaica and it is feared she may be drowned or on the run for the murder of her husband. Fifty years later in California, a widow named Eleanor Bennett loses her battle with cancer, leaving her two estranged children, Byron (Thomas) and Benny (Warren), a USB flash drive containing untold stories from her trip from the Caribbean to America. . These stories, told by Eleanor, shock her children and challenge everything they thought they knew about their family’s origins.
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Turman will play Charles Mitch, a successful lawyer from Newport Beach, Calif., whose top priority is to honor the last wishes of his dear friend and client Eleanor Bennett after she loses her battle with cancer. As Charles works with Eleanor’s family to meet her demands, he persists in keeping the family together while simultaneously working through his own private grief. Turman is a series regular.
Henry will return as Mabel Martin, a well-known food expert who lives a successful, quiet life with her beloved son and parents. When her world is turned upside down by a shocking revelation, she’ll be forced to question everything she believed about her family, sending her down a path that will eventually open Pandora’s box of her own secrets.
The show landed a straight-to-series order last fall and just women of the movement creator Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Zetna Fuentes (It’s us) was chosen to direct the pilot episode, replacing Andrew Dosunmu. Cerar will write the adaptation and serve as showrunner on the series.
The series is produced by Cerar, Winfrey and Carla Gardini of Harpo Films and Kaplan Entertainment of Kapital, Brian Morewitz and Michael Lohmann. Emily Rudolf, co-executive producer of Harpo. Jessie Abbott oversees Kapital.