It’s been a huge week for casting in Black Hollywood. Big casting announcements have included:
Here are a few others that you may have missed….
Michael Beach is joining the DC Extended Universe. He’ll appear in Aquaman. While Warner Bros. says he’ll portray a hijacker with a “fateful interaction” with Aquaman, speculation has been going around for a minute that he’ll be the father of villain Black Manta, portrayed by The Get Down alum Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. On Twitter, Beach hasn’t confirmed…or denied the rumors. Beach recently appeared on The 100 on The CW and FOX’s Pitch.
Jermaine Fowler, who executive produces and stars in the CBS comedy, Superior Donuts, joins the cast of the Boots Riley drama film, Sorry to Bother You. He joins the previously-announced cast, led by Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson. Forest Whitaker is among the film’s producers. The film will chronicle the journey of black telemarketer with self-esteem issues, as he discovers a magical key to business success (making his voice overdubbed by a white actor), propelling him to the upper echelons of the hierarchy just as his activist comrades are rising up against unjust labor practices. When he uncovers the macabre secret of his corporate overlords, he must decide whether to stand up or sell out.
Phoebe Robinson, co-host of the wildly popular 2 Dope Queens podcast with Jessica Williams, will star in the Netflix comedy, Ibiza, along with Gillian Jacobs and Vanessa Bayer. In the film, Jacobs goes on a work trip and takes her best friends (Bayer and Robinson). The trip turns into a hunt for a DJ.
Dule Hill’s real-life fiance, Jazmyn Simon, has been cast as his love interest in Psych: The Movie. It was announced on the series’ Twitter account. We reported a while back that there was a movie in-the-works based on the USA series. The movie picks up three years after the series finale, where the ambitious friends — along with some returning fan-favorite characters — come together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own. A comedic thrill-ride follows, as the wild and unpredictable Psych team pursues the bad guys.
In his first feature role, Steven Silver, who portrayed Marcus in the hit Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why has joined the cast of the upcoming dark comedy, Beef. The film is about a fast food manager who loses a major bet, putting him in the mix of a major crime fold. He decides his only way out is to rob the restaurant. It also stars Thomas Mann, Jai Courtney and Timothy Olyphant
Birgundi Baker has joined the cast of Heathers. She will portray Lizzy, a new kid from the foster care system eager to learn the ways from Heather Chandler. A relative newcomer, she’s had appearances in Chicago P.D. and Empire. We previously learned one of the “Heathers” would be black, with Jasmine Matthews portraying Heather McNamera. While initial announcements said the show would air on TV Land, it’s now set to air on the Paramount Network (formerly Spike).
Until next time!