“Lucifer” star Tom Ellis has joined the cast of Hulu’s Sterling K. Brown-directed “Washington Black” limited series as steam-punk inventor Christopher “Titch” Wilde.
Described as an epic nine-part adventure series based on Esi Edugyan’s novel of the same name, “Washington Black” follows the extraordinary 19th-century adventures of George Washington “Wash” Black, an 11-year-old boy on a plantation. of sugar cane in Barbados. who must flee after a shocking death threatens to turn his life upside down. Brown will play the gregarious and larger-than-life Medwin Harris, who traveled the world after a traumatic childhood as a black refugee in Nova Scotia as the de facto mayor of Black Halifax prioritizes community over everything but Washington Black , his young protege. Meeting Wash sends her on a difficult path of self-discovery. And as the barricades around his heart begin to fall, Medwin will learn to dream again.
Ellis recently starred as the devil himself Lucifer Morningstar in the Netflix (and formerly Fox) drama “Lucifer.” His character Titch is an eccentric, passionate steam-punk inventor whose youthful enthusiasm masks an inner vulnerability. A disturbing death on his family’s sugar cane plantation catapults Titch on a remarkable journey through the skies with young George Washington Black by his side. Titch finds himself thrust into the position of mentor and father figure to Wash – a role he is ill-prepared for as Titch pursues his own father’s shadow, an inevitable reckoning that threatens to doom him and Wash both.
According to Hulu and Studio 20th Television, “Washington Black” is the story of a singular young man: pirate ship, stowaway turned insider; hardy explorer of uncharted territories; survivor of the tundra, the desert and the high seas; an engineer; an inventor; an artist. He travels the globe – from the scorching heat of Barbados to the arctic ice – and finds unexpected and charged love along the way. Though he encounters many enigmatic figures on his travels, Wash soon discovers that he alone is driving his hero’s journey – a triumphant journey of bold dreams, steampunk, and the magic of the human heart.
Ellis joins a previously announced cast that includes Ernest Kingsley Jr. as Washington Black, Eddie Karanja as Young Washington Black, Iola Evans as Tanna Goff, Edward Bluemel as William “Billy” McGee, Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Miss Angie and Brown as Medwin Harris.
“Washington Black” is being adapted by showrunner Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, who produces alongside Brown under his Indian Meadows Productions banner, series writer Jennifer Johnson and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, Lindsay Williams and DJ Goldberg. Wanuri Kahiu and Mo Marable are directors and executive producers, along with Anthony Hemingway. Esi Edugyan is a co-producer.
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