10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Black Lightning' Taps Rapper Krondon as Key Villain
The CW has found its key villain for its upcoming DC Comics drama Black Lightning.
Rapper Marvin "Krondon" Jones III has boarded the midseason drama as a series regular and will take on the role of key villain Tobias Whale.
From exec producers Salim and Mara Brock Akil, the series stars Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) as retired superhero Jefferson Pierce — aka Black Lightning — a former superhero who hung up his suit and secret identity. However, he is pulled back into the fight when one daughter becomes hell-bent on justice and the other, a star student, is recruited by a local gang.
Tobias Whale is described as an African-American man with albinism who is the leader of Freeland's most feared gang — The 100. But in the days before Black Lightning, Tobias was a politician, rising up the ranks of local government through corrupt and illegal means. That was until he was brought down by Alvin Pierce, Jefferson’s father. Enraged, Tobias killed Alvin and was driven underground into exile. It's here he found a place to rebuild, growing into the violent and methodical leader of The 100 as viewers find him today. But Black Lightning's recent return has ignited Tobias' desire to emerge from the shadows and face his biggest adversary, Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning.
Jones, who is also albinistic, is best known as hip-hop rapper Krondon, the frontman of Strong Arm Steady. He has written for artists such as Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Xzibit and recently released his debut album, Everything's Nothing. He's repped by Don Buchwald and Associates.
"I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition. He's going to make a great Tobias. His authentic street sensibility along with an insightful intelligence is perfect for the Tobias character arc," showrunner Salim Akil said. "Not to mention his regal physical bearing will be additive to making our show exciting and different."