Turner is joined by Shameless actors Atticus Woodward and Jaylen Barron and Good Trouble’s Candace Nicholas-Lippman in the eight-part series. Casal also will reprise his character Miles in a recurring role for the series, while Justin Chu Cary, who starred in the film, will play Rob.
Produced by Lionsgate Television, the series will start production in Oakland and Los Angeles.
The show is a spinoff of the film written and produced by Casal and Diggs and is being turned into a half-hour dramedy. Jasmine Cephas Jones, who starred in the Lionsgate film, will reprise her role and also will serve as a producer. Casal serves as showrunner.
The series centers on Ashley (Cephas Jones), who was nipping at the heels of a middle-class life in Oakland until Miles, her partner of 12 years and father of their son, suddenly is incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she’s forced to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister.
Turner, who also serves as a writer on the series, will play Earl, who is fresh out of jail and wearing an ankle bracelet while doing a year of house arrest. He is just trying to kill time and lay low. Woodward will play Ashley and Miles’ sweet, smart and energetic son, Sean; Barron will play Miles’ younger half-sister, Trish, who might be wilder than he is; and Nicholas-Lippman will play Ashley’s close friend, Janelle, who has just returned to the neighborhood in Oakland after spending many years in Bali.
Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment, who spent almost a decade trying to get the film made, will exec produce alongside Casal and Diggs, Emily Gerson Saines, Ken Lee, and Tim Palen of Barnyard Projects. Seith Mann is executive producer and director of the first two episodes. Starz SVP of Original Programming Kathryn Tyus-Adair is the executive overseeing Blindspotting on behalf of the network, while Maggie Leung is overseeing the series on behalf of Lionsgate.
“Diggs and I are thrilled to continue our partnership with Lionsgate by expanding the Blindspotting world as a series on Starz,” Rafael Casal said. “This story, the incredible cast and the production are a dream. We are making the kind of show we have long hoped to see on television, centered around just some of the amazing kinds of characters the Bay Area has to offer.”
Added Diggs: “Figuring out a way to bring The Bay to life in a half-hour comedy space has been so rewarding. Ultimately, this is a story about how a broken prison system affects all of us and, like the film, we’re using comedy to talk about very real systemic effects in the country with the largest prison population in the world.”
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