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. Deadline has revealed some of the cast for this new murdery mystery series, which will see Lashay Anderson (Rebel Cheer Squad) and Faith Alabi (Industry) join the show, along with Ahmed Elhaj (Grantchester).
Lashay Anderson will play Bunny Pringle, a fiery teenager and talented swimmer who struggles to fit in with her peers in 1960’s 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.
Faith Alabi will portray Pearl Thomas, 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.
While Ahmed Elhaj will play the role of Gibbs Grant. After meeting and falling hard for Covey, Gibbs’ bright future is thrown into disarray. As the two encounter countless obstacles, Gibbs’ love for Covey is put to the ultimate test.
“Black Cake” is being created by Marissa Jo Cerar, who is also the showrunner, Also creating the show is 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.