Rookie Blue alum Lyriq Bent has been cast as male leads opposite DeWanda Wise in Spike Lee’s 10-episode Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, a contemporary update of Lee’s groundbreaking 1986 indie film.
The series centers on Darling (Wise), a Brooklyn-based a sexually liberated, free spirited painter/mixed media artist in her late 20s struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her friends, her job and her three lovers, played by Bent, Cleo Anthony and Anthony Ramos.
Bent will play the protective investment banker Jamie Overstreet, completing the trio of Nola Darling’s (Wise) lovers. Anthony and Ramos play model-turned-photographer Greer Childs and da original b-boy sneakerhead Mars Blackmon, respectively. The role of Overstreet was played by Tommy Redmond Hick in the movie.
Bent, known for his role as Frank Best in ABC’s Rookie Blue, most recently starred in the BET/CBC miniseries The Book of Negroes. He’s repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, The Associates Talent & Literary Management in Toronto and managed by Gorav Seth of Seth Management.