Jill Scott Joins Black Lightning TV Series As DC Villain Lady Eve

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Jill Scott Joins Black Lightning TV Series As DC Villain Lady Eve
Posted by Wilson Morales

October 5, 2017

The CW has announced that Grammy Award winning singer/ actress Jill Scott has joined the cast of its upcoming Black Lighting series in the role of Lady Eve.

“Jill is an amazing artist who can embody any character and give them an authentic voice that is both nuanced and richly complex,” showrunner and executive producer Salim Akil said. “I am excited to see her in the role of Lady Eve.”

EW reports that Lady Eve will be adapted for the TV series as funeral parlor owner who is secretly “the bridge between Tobias Whale (played by L.A. rapper Marvin “Krondon” Jones III) and a secret group of corrupt leaders.”

In the comics, Lady Eve is a ranking member of the evil Kobra Cult, whose leader tried to manipulate high-ranking officials through mind control, in order to steal a secret defense program to blackmail the government. It’s not clear if Scott’s version will retain the comic book connection to Kobra, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the clandestine cult weren’t manipulating crimelord Tobias Whale for their own ends, with Lady Eve as their agent.

The series stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, Christine Adams as Lynn Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce, China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce. dditional co-stars include Damon Gupton and James Remar.

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad.

Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

Scott is best known for having starred in HBO’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, the Steel Magnolias TV movie remake, and the acclaimed James Brown biopic Get On Up. She’s also had superhero role experience, having voiced X-Men’s Storm in the Marvel’s Black Panther animated series.

Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil, and Sarah Schechter. The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.

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