ABC is currently developing a brand new limited series called “Black Cake”, which is based on the book by Charmaine Wilkerson and will star Adrienne Warren.
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.
Deadline is reporting that Mia Isaac is going to star in the series, where she will be playing the role of Covey, who is a fierce biracial teenager, growing up in Jamaica in the late 1960’s. As the star swimmer of her community, Covey plans to use her talents to swim around the world–until her dreams are threatened by her overprotective father, who begins to meddle in her personal life. As a result, Covey is put in a position where she must choose between her family and herself, and she spends the rest of her life facing the consequences.
Mia Isaac has starred in the upcoming Amazon Studios film, “Don’t Make Me Go” and Searchlight Pictures, “Not Okay”, which will be coming to Hulu and internationally on Disney+ as a Star Original this summer.
Black Cake is a family drama wrapped in a murder mystery with a diverse cast of characters and a global setting that spans decades. The story takes place in Jamaica, Rome, Scotland, England and Southern California.
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.