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This past weekend was New York Comic Con. Follow all of our coverage here.

DC Comics

The cast of The CW’s Black Lightning has gained a new cast member. Grammy Award winner Jill Scott will be playing Lady Eve. According to EW, Lady Eve will be the connection between Tobias Whale, who is played by Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, and a secret group of corrupt leaders. Showrunner Salim Akil said “Jill is an amazing artist who can embody any character and give them an authentic voice that is both nuanced and richly complex. I am excited to see her in the role of Lady Eve.”

First Wives Club is being rebooted as a tv show. The 1996 movie originally starred Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, and Goldie Hawn as a group of women who work together to get revenge on their ex-husbands. Tracy Oliver, co-writer of Girls Trip, will write the series. Karen Rosenfelt of the Twilight saga and The Devil Wears Prada will executive producer. The series will premiere on the Paramount Network (formerly Spike) which is also releasing the Heathers remake.

Jon Hamm is joining the cast of Good Omens. The adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s book is already staring David Tennant and Michael Sheen. Hamm will play the archangel, Gabriel. In a statement, Gaiman described him as “everything that Aziraphale isn’t: he’s tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed. We were fortunate that Jon Hamm was available, given that he is already all of these things without even having to act. We were even more fortunate that he’s a fan of the books and a remarkable actor.” The six-episode series doesn’t have a release date as of now.

 

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Hulu is adapting Locke & Key, an IDW comic written by Joe Hill, into an hour-long horror/fantasy series. In the comic, after a tragedy, three siblings return to their ancestral home. The house has magical keys and that open into mysterious rooms. Unfortunately, the house also has a demon who is after the keys. Danny Glover will co-star in the series as Joe Ridgeway, a teacher at the Academy in their town.

Okieriete Onaodowan, who played Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the original run of Hamilton is now coming to Shondaland. He was recently cast in a Grey’s Anatomy spin-off revolving around a group of firefighters in Seattle. He will join Grey’s Anatomy cast member Jason George as well as Jaina Lee Ortiz, Barrett Doss, Grey Damon and Danielle Savre. The show will be written by Stacy McKee, executive producer/co-showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy and is set to premiere in 2018. The main characters will be introduced in a Grey’s episode.

Netflix is producing Raising Dion as a 10 episode series based on a short film and comic book by Dennis Liu. Liu will write the pilot of the series while Judging Amy‘s Carol Barbee will serve as the showrunner. The show is about a single mother raising a son after the death of her husband who will be played by Michael B. Jordan. Dion begins to manifest superpowers and his mother is willing to do anything to protect him. Michael B. Jordan will also serve as an executive producer. Liu said of the project, “I started [this project] many years ago because I wanted to see more diverse representation in film and television and I’m excited to partner with Netflix, who I know shares that commitment. More than ever, we need more stories told from different points of view, and my hope with Raising Dion is to create a cinematic experience for all families that will lift your spirits and make you laugh and cry.” Check out the trailer for the comic book below.

 

In Movie News…

We had two big trailers introduced last week. First up, the Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer was dropped during their panel at NYCC. Check out our write up of it here.

Second, the new trailer for the (hopefully improved) Justice League was dropped.

Last week, we announced that Michelle Williams joined the cast of Venom along with Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed. Now Jenny Slate, from Gifted and Landline, is in talks to star in the movie.

Marvel Animation is teaming up with the LEGO Group to make a Black Panther movie. The announcement was made at New York Comic Con. As of now, there isn’t a release date for Black Panther: Trouble In Wakanda. Check out our post for more information.

Speaking of animation, 20th Century Fox announced they are bringing their Emmy winning series, Bob’s Burgers, to the big screen. The movie is set to be released on July 17, 2020, and will be produced by Fox Animation. The series first premiered on Fox in 2011 and follows a family, their restaurant, and their quirky neighbors and friends. Show creator Loren Bouchard said of the movie, “We’re thrilled to be invited to bring Bob’s Burgers to the big screen. We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show. We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colors and the sounds and the ever so slightly greasy texture of the world of Bob’s – but most of all it has to take our characters on an epic adventure. In other words, it has to be the best movie ever made. But no pressure, right?!”

Finally, we have two pieces of book news. Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor will be penning Black Panther: Long Live The King. This series will be a digital first released biweekly through ComiXology. Andre Araujo will do the art for the series. Look out for Black Panther: Long Live the King on December 13.

On October 3, Quvenzhané Wallis released two books for children. Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! and A Night Out with Mama was released through Simon & Schuster. Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! is about two third-grade best friends in a performing arts school and is the first in a series. The second book, Shai & Emmie Star in Dancy Pants!, will be released in January. A Night Out with Mama is based on Wallis’ experience attending the Academy Awards with her mother. Wallis was nominated for Actress in a Leading Role, the youngest nominee in history at 9 years old, for Beasts of the Southern Wild.

If you have anything I missed, email me at mel@blackgirlnerds.com or tweet me at jane@anon. Check back in next Monday for all the exciting news happening next week.

 

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