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 and Ashley Thomas, along with Lashay Anderson, Faith Alabi and Ahmed Elhaj.
Deadline has revealed that Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Sonita Henry (Krypton) have joined the cast.
In the new series, Glynn Turman will play Charles Mitch, a successful lawyer in Newport Beach, Calif. whose top priority is to honour the final wishes of his dear friend and client Eleanor Bennett after she loses her battle to cancer. As Charles works with Eleanor’s family to complete her requests, he is persistent to keep the family together while simultaneously working through his own private grief.
While, Sonita Henry will play the role of Mabel Martin, a well-renowned food expert, who enjoys a successful and quiet life with her son and her beloved parents. When her world is upended by a shattering revelation, she’ll be forced to question everything she has believed about her family, sending her down a path that ultimately cracks open the pandora’s box of her own secrets.
“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.