OWN has revealed extra casting for the cable channel’s upcoming drama collection, Delilah. In the present, Maahra Hill stars as Delilah Connolly, a headstrong, extremely principled lawyer dwelling in Charlotte, North Carolina. Others in the forged embody Jill Marie Jones, Susan Heyward, and Ozioma Akagha. The collection debuts sooner or later in March.
Kelly Jacobs, Khalil Johnson, and Braelyn Rankins have now been forged as collection regulars. Meanwhile, Lyriq Bent, Joseph Callender, Michel Curiel, LaMonica Garrett, Nigel Gibbs, Leonard Harmon, Candace B. Harris, Gray Hawks, Joe Holt, Saycon Sengbloh, and Amanda Tavarez could have recurring roles. Ayoka Chenzira and Crystle C. Roberson have been added as administrators.
Here’s extra details about the casting and the characters that the actors can be taking part in:
OWN’S NEW DRAMA “DELILAH” FROM ACCLAIMED ‘GREENLEAF’ CREATOR CRAIG WRIGHT ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL CAST AND DIRECTORS
New Cast Include Lyriq Bent, Joseph Callender, Michel Curiel, LaMonica Garrett, Nigel Gibbs, Leonard Harmon, Candace B. Harris, Gray Hawks, Joe Holt, Kelly Jacobs, Khalil Johnson, Braelyn Rankins, Saycon Sengbloh, and Amanda Tavarez
Ayoka Chenzira and Crystle C. Roberson Directing
Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network introduced at present the addition of fourteen new roles plus administrators Ayoka Chenzira and Crystle C. Roberson for brand spanking new drama “Delilah,” from acclaimed “Greenleaf” creator Craig Wright, who serves as government producer together with Charles Randolph-Wright and Oprah Winfrey. In 2020, “Greenleaf” was the yr’s most-watched unique cable collection with African-American viewers.
Delilah left a demanding white-shoe regulation agency a decade in the past and hung up her personal shingle so she may make elevating her youngsters her primary precedence. Now she takes on instances the massive companies ignore and finds herself, as a rule, going head-to-head with the highly effective and privileged as she fights for the disenfranchised. In addition to elevating her two youngsters, Maia and Marcus, Delilah additionally cares for her younger nephew Dion; manages her relationship along with her irritating ex; and to high all of it off, she’s about to go up in opposition to her greatest pal Tamara in court docket for the primary time. Delilah has at all times represented the underdogs. Tamara has at all times represented the rich and highly effective. But this case is totally different: this time, Delilah’s most cherished friendship is on the road, and there are lives at stake. But Delilah does what she at all times does – she seeks justice for many who want it most.
The collection is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films, filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina, and can air on OWN in March 2021.
The new collection regulars introduced embody:
Kelly Jacobs performs ‘Maia’ – good, feisty, and inventive, Maia is Delilah’s teenage daughter. She’s assured and unafraid to talk her thoughts or arise for herself. A gifted violinist, Maia performs with the college orchestra, however when she meets Miss Virginia, a famend former violinist who presents to provide Maia free classes, Maia units her sights on greater aspirations, a lot to Delilah’s dismay. (Series Regular)
Khalil Johnson performs ‘Dion’ – Dion is Delilah’s nephew, her brother Nate’s son. Dion has not had a straightforward life and all he needs is a few stability and his absent mom’s love. However, the love he’s getting from his aunt is unconditional – and he’s beginning to really feel at house. (Series Regular)
Braelyn Rankins (“Faith Under Fire,” “Genius”) performs ‘Marcus’ – a candy child, Marcus is Delilah’s son. Energetic, assured and sharp, he’s somewhat irritated that his 5-yr-outdated cousin has been staying on the home – and wonders how lengthy he has to place up with it. Nonetheless, Marcus is an efficient-natured boy who likes to have a superb time. Also perceptive, when he sees his mom is distracted, he is aware of tips on how to make her smile. (Series Regular)
New recurring forged consists of:
Lyriq Bent (“Four Brothers,” “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Saw”) performs ‘Gordon’ – Delilah’s ex-husband and the daddy of their youngsters. Unfortunately, his beauty and charisma have brought about him some issues. A professor, he slept with certainly one of his faculty college students, shedding his job and his marriage to Delilah as collateral injury. Despite their variations, he and Delilah should work collectively to coparent the children they each love. (Recurring)
Joseph Callender (“Overcomer”) performs ‘Andre’ – a person who has appreciable authority over Christine, he’s “visiting” her condo and claims to be a pal of each Nate and Christine. But the character of his “friendship” with Christine appears to be like mighty suspicious, particularly to Delilah. (Recurring Co-star)
Michel Curiel (“Sistas,” “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”) performs ‘Jamal’ – Casey’s good-looking and single greatest pal. When Tamara and Casey introduce him to Delilah, he’s very and courts her. (Recurring)
LaMonica Garrett (“Arrow,” “Designated Survivor”) performs ‘Casey’ – tall and good-looking, “perfection,” Casey is the Deputy Mayor of Charlotte and thought of probably the most eligible males round. Charming, clever, skilled, he’s courting Delilah’s greatest pal, Tamara Roberts. (Recurring)
Nigel Gibbs (“Breaking Bad,” “Beautiful Boy”) is forged as ‘Wes’ – the Chief of Police in Charlotte. Delilah’s father, he has a protracted-strained relationship along with his daughter which he’s hoping to restore. Wes can be rebuilding a relationship along with his son, Nate, Delilah’s youthful brother, and Delilah’s not glad about it. (Recurring)
Leonard Harmon (“Black Boots”) performs ‘Nate’ – Delilah’s heat-hearted youthful brother. He is an Army veteran who has been dwelling in the Veteran Affairs Rehab Center after an damage overseas left him paralyzed and utilizing a wheelchair. While he’s adjusting to the VA and his new bodily situation, his son, Dion, has been left in Delilah’s care. (Guest Recurring)
Candace B. Harris (“The Single Life,” “Valor”) performs ‘Christine’ – Nate’s estranged spouse and Dion’s mom. Too a lot of a wreck to correctly look after her son, she has (briefly) entrusted Dion to Delilah’s care — however “brief” is a really elastic phrase, and this case is getting tighter and nearer to the snapping level with each passing hour — and so is Delilah’s mood. (Guest Recurring)
Gray Hawks (“Outer Banks”) is forged as ‘Win’ – southern, patrician, he’s Tamara’s boss. He likes having her on the crew and entrusts her to defuse a problem the corporate is going through. If she succeeds, she’ll make companion at his agency. (Guest Recurring)
Joe Holt (“The Walking Dead: The World Beyond,” “The Punisher”) performs ‘Mace’ – a non-public investigator, and certainly one of Delilah’s good pals. Smart, sharp-witted, with a enjoyable, easygoing method, he’s at all times the dependable pal Delilah can flip to for something, private or skilled. When Delilah asks for his assist on Leah’s case, Mace is intrigued. (Recurring)
Saycon Sengbloh (“In The Dark,” “Scandal”) performs ‘Leah’ – Leah and Delilah have identified one another since faculty, however have fallen out of contact in the years which have handed. After all of the sudden and unjustly being let go from her job, Leah decides to achieve out to Delilah hoping her outdated pal will take on her case as her lawyer. Leah is a bit tough across the edges, drained, nervous and skittish from the fallout of her firing. (Recurring)
Amanda Tavarez (“Queen Sugar,” “Cake: The Series”) performs ‘Katya’ – Gordon’s girlfriend, she was once certainly one of his college students, and is able to take their relationship to the following degree by transferring in and assembly his youngsters. (Recurring)
Previously introduced forged consists of Maahra Hill (“Black-ish,” “How to Get Away With Murder”) starring as Delilah Connolly, a headstrong, extremely principled lawyer dwelling in Charlotte, North Carolina. Delilah’s doing her greatest to boost two youngsters alone and preserve her ties to household, pals and religion sturdy, all of the whereas ceaselessly looking for justice for many who want it most, in a time when the wealthy and highly effective of Charlotte and past will do something to cease her. Jill Marie Jones (“Girlfriends”) seems as Tamara Roberts, Delilah’s confidante and greatest pal; Susan Heyward (“Orange is the New Black”), portrays Demetria Barnes, Delilah’s newly employed, fearless, and impressive affiliate; and Ozioma Akagha (Marvel’s “Runaways”), performs Delilah’s unfailingly sunny secretary, Harper Omereoha.
Additionally, Ayoka Chenzira (“Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “Trinkets,” “Alma’s Rainbow”) directed two episodes. Crystle C. Roberson (“Greenleaf,” “American Soul,” “First Christmas,” “Diary of a Future President”) additionally took on an episode in the eight-episode season. Award-winning administrators Charles Randolph-Wright (“Greenleaf”) and Cheryl Dunye (“Queen Sugar,” “David Makes Man”) have been beforehand introduced.
· Ayoka Chenzira — Ayoka Chenzira is an award-profitable filmmaker and a acknowledged pioneer in Black impartial cinema. Her distinctive physique of labor spans fiction, documentary, animation, efficiency, experimental narratives, interactive cinema and tv.
She is likely one of the first African American girls to jot down, produce and direct a 35mm function movie, Alma’s Rainbow (developed at Sundance Institute).
There have been many worldwide retrospectives of Ayoka’s movies and a number of other of them are in everlasting collections together with the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
In 2018, Ayoka directed a season three episode of Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, for which she was nominated for a 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Director in Drama. Her animated movie, Hair Piece: a movie for nappyheaded individuals, was certainly one of twenty-5 movies inducted into the 2018 National Film Registry, which preserves movies deemed as culturally, traditionally or aesthetically vital. She acquired the 2018 BronzeLens Catalyst Award for her pioneering work.
Ayoka’s early movies are at the moment being archived and preserved on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and in 2020 can be rereleased by Milestone Films.
In 2019 Ayoka directed a season 4 episode of “Greenleaf” for OWN, again-to-again episodes of “Trinkets” for Netflix and later in the yr was invited by Ava DuVernay to direct the season 4 finale of “Queen Sugar.”
Based on her interactive sci-fi fantasy movie, HERadventure, Ayoka was invited to be a TEDxAtlanta Speaker the place she offered on creativeness and variety in sci-fi/fantasy movies.
Black Women Animate and the Cartoon Network honored Ayoka Chenzira in 2020 with the Cultural Innovator Award.
Ayoka is a member of the Director’s Guild of America. She is the Division Chair for the Arts at Spelman College.
Crystle C. Roberson – Since being honored by Women in Film & Television Atlanta with the Woman to Watch Award in 2008, Crystle has been creating cinematic tales for all who want to see. Born in Germany and raised in the center of center Georgia USA, Crystle fell in love with movie as a teenage photographer and continues a lifetime of distinctive expression via the digital camera.
Crystle was awarded by HBO, Chase, and Kodak for her brief movie Next Door’s Next (2009) and has written/directed dozens extra indie initiatives to this point – together with Private Garden with Idris Elba, The Black Cage with Mykelti Williamson, The End Again with Columbus Short and most not too long ago Black Girls Guide to Fertility with Raney Branch. Crystle is a proud member of Yale University’s Storytellers in Modern Media Program. A 2018 Sony Pictures Diverse Director Program Participant, Crystle is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has directed many episodes of tv together with the hit collection “Greenleaf” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, “American Soul,” on BET, and “Diary of a Future President” on Disney+. Currently, she is in improvement of a dramatic collection as co-creator and author at HBO.
In addition to creating and government producing OWN’s hit drama collection “Greenleaf,” Craig Wright is at the moment creating a derivative of “Greenleaf” for OWN. Wright served as author and producer on “Lost” and “Six Feet Under,” and was supervising producer on the lengthy-operating collection “Brothers and Sisters.” He was Emmy-nominated for his writing on “Six Feet Under,” and acquired three WGA Award nominations, profitable the Dramatic Series award in 2004 for “Lost.” In addition, Wright was government producer and author for “Tyrant” and “Rush” and was consulting producer on “United States of Tara.”
“Delilah” is produced for OWN by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films. The government producers are Craig Wright, Charles Randolph-Wright, and Oprah Winfrey.
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