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Nia Long is headed to Netflix.
The actress has joined the streaming giant’s Dear White People TV series in a recurring role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on Justin Simien’s 2014 crowdfunded movie, the series centers on a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug. The series is a send-up of “post-racial” America that also touches on a universal story about forging one’s own unique path.
Long will play Neika Hobbs, a Winchester University African-American studies professor who is whip-smart and confident but whose pulled-together professional life contrasts a more complicated personal one.
She joins Logan Browning (Powers) and Brandon P. Bell, who will reprise his role from the film.
Simien will write and direct several episodes of the series. Yvette Lee Bowser (Black-ish) and the film’s Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev will exec produce.
The series hails from Lionsgate, whose sister company Roadside Attractions released the movie. The 10-episode, half-hour series begins production this month for a 2017 worldwide premiere on Netflix.
Long’s recent credits include House of Lies, ABC’s Uncle Buck and Keanu. She will next be seen in Lifetime’s Beaches remake opposite Idina Menzel. She is repped by CAA, Primary Wave Entertainment and Meyer & Downs.
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