The Blindspotting series that has been in development at Starz has gotten the greenlight and is moving forward.
The series is a half-hour dramedy that will see Jasmine Cephas Jones reprise her role as Ashley from the film. “Ashley was nipping at the heels of a middle class life in Oakland until Miles (Rafael Casal), her partner of 12 years and father of their son, is suddenly incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she’s forced to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister.”
The original film’s writers, producers, and stars Daveed Diggs and Casal are also writing the new series and they will also executive produce. Casal is set to serve as showrunner will also reprise his role as Miles in the series. Casal and Diggs said in a joint statement:
“Let us put you up on game, bruh. No description will encompass the complexity of a ‘Blindspotting’ series, ya dig? 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!”
Christina Davis, president of original programming for Starz added:
“Rafael, Daveed and Jasmine created a beautiful film that we believe will translate perfectly into a compelling series for 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.”
Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs went on to say:
“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.”
I thought Blindspotting was an incredible and powerful film. I loved it and I hope that this series ends up being just as wonderful.
Casal and Diggs will next be seen opposite Ethan Hawke in the Showtime drama The Good Lord Bird, which will launch in October.