The CW’s BLACK LIGHTNING has added rapper Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as a series regular in the role of Tobias Whale, a familiar DC comic book villain.
“I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition,” executive producer Salim Akil said in a statement. “He’s going to make a great Tobias! His authentic street sensibility along with an insightful intelligence is perfect for the Tobias character arc. Not to mention his regal physical bearing will be additive to making our show exciting and different.”
Black Lightning centers on Cress Williams’ titular superhero Jefferson Pierce, who hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter, Jennifer, hellbent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.
Jones’ Tobias Whale is one of Jefferson’s fiercest rivals, an African-American man with albinism who is the leader of the villainous gang called The 100. Before that, Whale was a corrupt politician who was brought down by then ultimately murdered Alvin Pierce, Jefferson’s father.
Jones makes his TV acting debut on Black Lightning and is represented by repped by Don Buchwald & Associates. The series will premiere in 2018 on The CW.
Linda Ge | TV Editor