Pretty Little LiarsBrant Daugherty is set for a recurring role in Dear White People, Netflix’s upcoming comedy series based on Justin Simien’s acclaimed film.

Set among 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, Dear White People is a send up of “post-racial” America that also weaves a universal story about forging one’s own unique path.

Daugherty will play Thane Lockwood, a corn-fed jock. The star running back on the college football team, he is not the brightest bulb in the scoreboard. A bit of an affable goof.

Known for his role as Noel Kahn on Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars, Daugherty will play Sawyer in Fifty Shades Freed, the third installment of the Fifty Shades franchise, set for a 2018 release. He’s repped by Innovative Artists and Sweeney Entertainment.

Dear White People, slated to premiere in 2017, will be produced by Lionsgate, whose sister company Roadside Attractions released the original film in 2014.

Simien will write for the series and direct several episodes. Executive producers are Yvette Lee Bowser (Black-ish, Living Single, Different World), Stephanie Allain (Hustle & Flow, Dear White People), and Julia Lebedev (The Dinner, Dear White People).

Dear White People joins Orange is the New Black as Lionsgate’s second original series for Netflix.