Hulu is developing a new family drama called “Black Cake”, which is based on the book by Charmaine Wilkerson, which is 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, with 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.
The series will star Adrienne Warren, Mia Isaac, Glynn Turman, Sonita Henry and Ashley Thomas, along with Lashay Anderson, Faith Alabi and Ahmed Elhaj.
Deadline has revealed that Chipo Chung and Anthony Mark Barrow have joined the cast of the upcoming family drama series, “Black Cake”, a family drama in the works for Hulu that’s based on the book by Charmaine Wilkerson.
Chipo Chung will play Eleanor Bennett, who leaves behind a series of recordings after losing her battle with cancer. Her stories chronicle her journey from the Caribbean to America that shock her surviving children, and challenge everything they thought they knew about the woman who raised them. Chung will be a series regular and has previously starred in “Sunshine” and “Proof”.
Anthony Mark Barrow will recur as Clarence “Little Man” Henry, the head of a powerful family in Jamaica in the 1960s who is feared and respected by the Island community. Mark Barrow has previously starred in Love, “Sex + Robots”, “EastEnders” and “Colony”
“Black Cake” is being created by Marissa Jo Cerar, who is also the showrunner. Also creating the show are Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. This series will be released on Hulu; it’s currently unknown if this series will also be released as a Star Original on Disney+ internationally.