‘Lucifer’ actor Tom Ellis has joined the cast for Hulu’s limited series adaptation of ‘Washington Black.’ Led by Sterling K. Brown, Ellis takes on the role of steam-punk inventor Christopher “Titch” Wilde.
Based on Esi Edugyan’s novel of the same name the nine-episode series follows the extraordinary 19th-century adventures of George Washington “Wash” Black, an 11-year-old boy on a Barbados sugar plantation who must flee after a shocking death threatens to upend his life. Brown will play the gregarious, larger-than-life Medwin Harris, who travelled the world after a traumatic childhood as a Black refugee in Nova Scotia as the de facto Mayor of Black Halifax prioritizes the community over everything except Washington Black, his young protégé. Meeting Wash sends him down a challenging path of self-discovery. And as the barricades around his heart start to fall, Medwin will learn to dream again.
Ellis’ character Titch is an eccentric, passionate steam-punk inventor whose youthful enthusiasm masks an inner vulnerability. A disturbing death at his family’s sugar plantation catapults Titch on a remarkable journey across the sky with young George Washington Black at his side. Titch finds himself thrust into the position of mentor and father figure to Wash — a role he is ill-prepared for because Titch is chasing the shadow of his own father, an inevitable reckoning that threatens to doom him and Wash both.
The cast also 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.
Selwyn Seyfu Hinds serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside Brown under his Indian Meadows Productions banner, series writer Jennifer Johnson, and The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, Lindsay Williams and DJ Goldberg. Wanuri Kahiu and Mo Marable are directors and also executive producers, along with Anthony Hemingway. Esi Edugyan is co-producer.