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Starz is adding to its roster of original series with the pickup of a half-hour dramedy based on the 2018 movie Blindspotting.
The movie’s writers, stars and producers, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, will also write and executive produce the series from Lionsgate TV. Casal will serve as showrunner and also have a recurring on-screen role. Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton) stars, reprising her role from the indie film, and serves as producer.
“Let us put you up on game, bruh. No description will encompass the complexity of a Blindspotting series, ya dig?” said Casal and Diggs. “So just get juiced, cuz it stars Jasmine Cephas Jones, it’s set in Oakland and we’re making it, so it’s lightweight finna to be hella good and the soundtrack will indeed slap. OH BOY!”
The series is a continuation of the film and centers on Ashley (Jones), who was nipping at the heels of a middle class life in Oakland until Miles (Casal), her partner of 12 years and father of their son, is suddenly incarcerated. She then has to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she’s forced to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister.”
“Rafael, Daveed and Jasmine created a beautiful film that we believe will translate perfectly into a compelling series for Starz,” said Christina Davis, president original programming at Starz. “This provocative and powerful narrative couldn’t be more timely, and in picking up the story from Ashley’s perspective, we will be able to shine a light on so many of the important social issues that the characters and the audience continue to grapple with.”
Added Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs, “We’re proud to continue our relationship with such an incredibly talented creative team and excited to expand the world of Blindspotting into a television series. This is the type of bold, electrifying and impactful premium content that resonates with Starz audiences and we can’t wait to bring it to the screens.”
Diggs and Casal executive produce with Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment (One Night In Miami), who also produced the film. Emily Gerson Saines, Ken Lee, and Tim Palen of Barnyard Projects also exec produce.
Blindspotting joins a lineup of originals at Starz that includes the Power franchise, Outlander, P-Valley, Hightown, American Gods and The Girlfriend Experience, plus upcoming projects Black Mafia Family, Dangerous Liaisons, Run the World and Heels.
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