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Hulu Orders ‘Black Cake’ From Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey & Aaron Kaplan

Casting directors are now casting actors, models, and influencers to work on scenes filming in Jamaica.

Producers are seeking and hiring actors for the following:

HULU BLACK CAKE  Young Covey Casting Call

BLACK CAKE ~ OPEN CASTING CALL

We are currently seeking the younger version of one of the lead roles in a new TV series for HULU:

[YOUNG COVEY> Character is multiracial (Jamaican/Chinese). Covey saw flashbacks of the 1960s as an 11-year-old child. She looks up to and loves spending time with her mother. Jamaican Accent.

  • Those interested in applying must have good availability from December 2022 to February 2023 and be based in the UK or Europe.
  • This role will likely only be required up to 1 week to film in the UK.
  • No acting experience is required.

DEADLINE: Thursday, 1st December 2022

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST & PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE!

**Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond to every application.

We will be in touch if you are under consideration.**

The producer is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Submissions for non-descript roles will be accepted for all performers, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, disability, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other basis protected by law.

Interested? Apply Now

 

 

A HULU series from Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey, & Aaron Kaplan, based on the novel by Charmaine Wilkerson

Covey Lyncook

Character is 17-20s, multiracial (Jamaican/Chinese) but at first glance, she appears to be the splitting image of her Jamaican mother. Covey is a fierce young woman in Jamaica in the late 1960’s, who questions authority and pushes boundaries whenever the opportunity arises. Her outspoken nature threatens the very independence she cherishes when her overprotective father begins to meddle in her love life. SERIES REGULAR.

Eleanor Bennett

Charcter is 60’s-70’s, a striking and soulful multiracial woman (Jamaican/Chinese) who generally presents and identifies as black

Gibbs Grant

Character is 18-20’s, Jamaican, chivalrous, he is a charmer and skilled longboard surfer who woos and wins the heart of young Covey. Headed to London to study law, he is a fine, decent young man with goals and he is heartbroken when Covey chooses to Mary someone else. GUEST STAR.

Producer is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Submissions for nondescript roles will be accepted for all performers, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, disability, race, color, national origin, religion, gender expression, gender identity or any other basis protected by law.

Interested? Apply Now

HULU's 'Black Cake' Casting Gibbs Grant Speaking Role

Job Description: Casting directors are now casting actors to work on scenes filming worldwide. Must be available from July 2022 to January 2023.

Role: Gibbs Grant

  • 17-22 years old
  • Jamaican
  • Chivalrous
    • He is a charmer and skilled longboard surfer who woos and wins the hear of young Covey. Headed to London to study law, he is a fine, decent, young man with goals, and he is heartbroken when Covey chooses to marry someone else.

Covid Test: TBA

Rate: Pay is $$

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What is the new HULU series Black Cake about?

Hulu has won the drama Black Cake, from Women of the Movement creator Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films, and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment with a series order after a competitive bidding war.

Cerar will write and executive produce Black Cake, with Winfrey and Kaplan also serving as executive producers.

Black Cake marks the first project under Cerar's deal with Kapital Entertainment. She most recently served as showrunner and executive producer on the OWN anthology series Women of the Movement, which told the story of Emmett Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. Verve and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment rep Cerar.

Harpo Films' Kate Forte will also executive produce Black Cake. WME represents Winfrey and Forte.

Hulu’s Black Cake Synopsis:

In the late 1960s, a runaway bride named Covey disappears into the surf off the coast of Jamaica and is feared drowned or a fugitive on the run for her husband's murder. Fifty years later, in California, Eleanor Bennett, a widow in her 60s, loses her battle with cancer, leaving her two estranged children a flash drive that reveals her true identity: Covey, the missing bride.

The flash drive sets in motion a journey that takes them to Jamaica, England, and America as they unravel their mother's secrets and discover a family legacy of magic, food, and blood rituals.

What is Black Cake?

The story's namesake is a dessert that represents the coming together of many different people at the book's heart. The British plum pudding brought to the West Indies by colonists gave rise to black cake. Islanders then modified the recipe, using food from their area.

HULU’s Black Cake Production:

Winfrey, Carla Giardini, and Cerar are the series' executive producers. Kaplan is also a producer on the project developed by Kapital Entertainment's Kaplan and Harpo Films. Emily Rudolf co-executive produces for Kapital Entertainment. Jessie Abbott is in charge of Kapital Entertainment's film and television production.

As she was wrapping up an overall deal with Kapital, the production company behind the upcoming ABC Emmett Till limited series Women of the Movement, which Cerar created, executive produces, and showrunners, she read Wilkerson's book.

Kapital sought the rights to the book for Cerar to develop it into a series as her first project under the agreement. In parallel, Harpo was working on the book. Cerar had worked with Harpo's Giardini and Rudolf before on a previous project, so she assisted in starting up talks that resulted in them collaborating to produce together.

"It's a story that's very close to my heart," Cerar said. "I'm half-Jamaican, and my father is from the island of Nevis. Charmaine's story about being born of two worlds — white and black, British and Jamaican — resonated with me."

Dana Walden, Chairman of Entertainment at Walt Disney Television, and Craig Erwich, President of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, were responsible for ABC's Women of the Movement, which Cerar had worked on previously. Walden has a wide range, while Erwich manages original content for both Hulu and ABC.

Kapital's Sandra Ortiz negotiated the acquisition of Black Cake, bringing Kapital's current number of on-air programs to ten, including three for Disney: Black Cake on Hulu joins drama A Million Little Things, whose fourth season premieres tonight on ABC, and Women of the Movement, which Kaplan produces with Will Smith and Jay-Z. The agreement includes an overall development deal with Cerar.

"We are beyond thrilled to have Charmaine's powerful and moving story come to life on Hulu," Walden and Erwich said in a joint statement. "It is a perfect example of the caliber of programming we are committed to delivering across all platforms — from network to streaming service."

She has worked on several shows, including Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, which earned her an Outstanding Drama Series Emmy nomination and a WGA Award bid. Cerar also contributed to Netflix's popular original series 13 Reasons Why, Freeform's The Fosters, and Fox's Shots Fired. Sandra Ortiz handled the Kapital arrangement.

Wilkerson, an American author and former journalist who has spent time in the Caribbean and resides in Italy, is the creator of Black Cake. The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency brokered her deal with ICM Partners on behalf of the book.

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