The Following alumna Tiffany Boone and Alex R. Hibbert (Moonlight) have been cast as series regulars opposite Jason Mitchell in Showtime’s hourlong drama The Chi, from Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Common, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios.

Created/executive produced by Waithe, executive produced/showrun by Reid and executive produced by Common and Kaplan, The Chi is a coming-of-age story that follows a half-dozen interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago.

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Boone will play Jerrika, Brandon’s (Mitchell) outspoken partner in life. Although she struggles with his mother for acceptance as his girlfriend, she also is wise and helpful in navigating Brandon’s path. A restaurant manager herself, in tough times she works hard to keep Brandon away from street justice and on his own road to being a chef. Hibbert portrays Kevin, who is street-smart and confident and focuses on the things important to a 13-year-old. He’s infatuated with a girl in his class, has a close group of neighborhood friends and dreams of getting out of the South Side. Unfortunately, being at the wrong place at the wrong time puts him at the scene of a murder, and now Kevin has a new kind of fear — for his life.

Boone is best known for her role as Mandy Lang in Fox’s The Following and recently recurred on USA’s Complications. She’s repped by Link Entertainment and Stone Genow.

Hibbert has garnered critical praise for his performance in Moonlight, which has received eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture. He shared in the film’s win for the Robert Altman Award at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Performance, and Hibbert was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Young Actor for the film. He’s repped by Anonymous Content and Shelby Weiser of Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.