ABC is currently developing a brand new limited series called “Black Cake”, which is based on the book by Charmaine Wilkerson.
Set 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.
According to Deadline, Adrienne Warren, is going to be playing the lead role in this series, Benny Bennett, who is an artist and empath who loves with her whole heart, but mysterious circumstances have kept her estranged from her entire family for eight years. When Benny is summoned home by her brother to listen to a message left by their late mother, she is forced to face the ghosts from her past that have kept her from her family for all these years.
Adrienne Warren, has previously starred in “The Woman King” and “Women of the Movement”.
The show is being created by “Women of the Movement” creator Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. And Andrew Dosunmu will be directing the pilot. He has previously directed Netflix’s “Beauty” and “Where Is Kyra?”.
Marissa Jo Cerar will also be the showrunner on “Black Cake”, along with an executive producer. Other executive producers include Harpo Films’ Oprah Winfrey and Carla Gardini and Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan, Brian Morewitz and Michael Lohmann. Harpo’s Emily Rudolf co-executive produces. Jessie Abbott is overseeing the project for Kapital.
“Black Cake” was given a straight-to-series order last year and is going to be released on Hulu in the United States. It should be expected to be released as a Star Original on Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ internationally.