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Lamorne Morris Will Play Cartoonist Keith Knight in 'Woke' Comedy for Hulu
Lamorne Morris is getting Woke for Hulu.
The New Girl grad is set to star in a half-hour comedy pilot inspired by the life of The K Chronicles cartoonist Keith Knight. Titled Woke, the half-hour, single-camera comedy revolves around an African-American cartoonist who is on the cusp of mainstream success when his mild comics take a decidedly provocative tone following a run-in with police. Now, Keef (Morris) is in an irreversible state of "woke" as he struggles to navigate his day-to-day existence — without blowing up everything he's built — while animated objects invade his reality.
The potential series will be a combination of live-action with animated sequences. Knight will pen the script alongside Marshall Todd (2002's Barbershop). Sony Pictures Television-based Will Gluck and his Olive Bridge Entertainment partner Richie Schwartz will exec produce alongside Kate Schumaecker, John Will and Eric Christian Olsen. Production on the pilot is expected to begin in January. Mo Marable will direct the pilot.
Knight's autobiographical comic strip The K Chronicles ran for years on outlets including Salon.com and the San Francisco Examiner. His work often explores racial and political topics.
Woke arrives as animated fare continues to be among the most-streamed original and acquired content on outlets like Hulu and Netflix. Both companies are making major pushes in the space, with Woke having both a timely live-action story and ability to woo the animation crowd as well.
Should Woke move forward at Hulu, it would join a scripted originals slate that includes Four Weddings and a Funeral, Ramy, Shrill, Search and Destroy, The Handmaid's Tale, Castle Rock, Catch-22, Less Than Zero, Little Fires Everywhere, Looking for Alaska, Veronica Mars and Wu-Tang: An American Saga, among others.
For his part, Morris spent seven seasons starring on Fox's New Girl. He next appears in NatGeo's Valley of the Boom. On the feature side, he's had roles in Game Night and Barbershop: The Next Cut, among others. He's repped by UTA, Grandview and Myman Greenspan.
Knight is repped by CAA and 3 Arts; Todd is with Gersh, Artists First and attorney Mark S. Temple; Olsen is with UTA, Ellen Meyer Management and Hansen Jacobson; and Gluck is with UTA and Sloane Offer.