EXCLUSIVE: Mia Isaac (Don’t make me go) was cast in the lead role in the Hulu drama series black cakeof women of the movement creator Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Young Isaac joins Tony winner Adrienne Warren in the project, written by Cerar based on the book by Charmaine Wilkerson.
black cake is a family drama wrapped in a murder mystery with a diverse cast of characters and a global setting that spans decades. The story takes place in Jamaica, Rome, Scotland, England and Southern California.
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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 and Benny (Warren), a USB drive containing untold stories of her journey 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.
Isaac’s Covey is a fierce biracial teenager, who grew up in Jamaica in the late 1960s. As the star swimmer in her community, Covey plans to use her talents to swim around the world, until her dreams are fulfilled. threatened by her overprotective father, who begins to meddle in her personal life. As a result, Covey is put in a position where she must choose between her family and herself, and she spends the rest of her life dealing with the consequences.
black cake is produced by Cerar, Winfrey and Carla Gardini of Harpo Films and Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, Brian Morewitz and Michael Lohmann. Emily Rudolf, co-executive producer of Harpo. Andrew Dosunmu is set to direct the pilot episode of the drama, which has a straight-to-series order. Jessie Abbott oversees Kapital.
Isaac is a rising young star who is playing major roles in two movies slated for release in July. She will make her first feature film in Don’t make me go for Amazon Studios, which will premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. The film, directed by Hannah Marks, follows a single father (John Cho) diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor who takes his 16-year-old daughter Wally (Isaac) traveling to meet his estranged mother. Isaac also stars alongside Zoey Deutch and Dylan O’Brien in the upcoming Searchlight Pictures feature film for Hulu, Not good, a satirical comedy, written and directed by Quinn Shepard. She is replaced by Osbrink Talent Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and Yorn, Levine, Barnes.