Hulu’s upcoming Black Cake series has added Lashay Anderson, Faith Alabi and Ahmed Elhaj to its cast, Shadow and Act has learned. Anderson and Alabi are series regulars while Elhaj is a recurring guest star.
The series is based on the book by Charmaine Wilkerson. The project is from Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Zetna Fuentes will direct the pilot. Cerar wrote the adaptation and is also the showrunner.
Here’s the official description:
In the late 1960s, a runaway bride named Covey 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 her two estranged children, Byron and Benny, 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.
Anderson will play Bunny Pringle, Alabi is Pearl Thomas and Ahmed Elhaj is Gibbs Grant.
Pringle is “a fiery teenager and talented swimmer who struggles to fit in with her peers in 1960s Jamaica. She and her best friend Covey have big plans to become world-famous swimmers, but when Covey disappears under mysterious circumstances, Bunny is forced to reckon with unforeseen consequences in her own life.”
Thomas is “a stoic and genuine, loveable caretaker for the Lyncook household at a time when things are increasingly dangerous and uncertain. Through it all, she remains unwavering in her devotion to Covey – a gesture that’s rooted in a secret pact she made with the child’s estranged mother, Mathilda, who vanished six years ago. “
Described as “smart, charming and handsome,” Gibbs Grant is “destined for big things. However, after meeting and falling hard for star swimmer Covey Lyncook, Gibbs’ bright future is thrown into disarray. As the two encounter countless obstacles, Gibbs’ love for Covey is put to the ultimate test.”