Netflix has finally cast two key members for its “Dear White People” TV adaptation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming service has picked Logan Browning (“Powers”) to replace Tessa Thompson in the leading role as Samantha White, a biracial film major in the midst of a political firestorm on her Ivy League campus due to her radio show “Dear White People.” Also, Brandon Bell will reprise his role as Troy Fairbanks, the son of the dean of students who is campaigning to become the school’s first black president. Both Sam and Brandon face particular hardships when their personal aspiration and political ideals clash with the campus culture and its approach to identity politics.
The upcoming series, produced by Lionsgate, is based on Justin Simien’s 2014 film of the same name, which examined the racial tensions at a supposedly post-racial Ivy League college. The film premiered in competition at Sundance and received widespread critical acclaim upon release. Simien is set to write the series and direct the first episode. Two of the film’s producers Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev will executive produce the series along with “Blackish” producer Yvette Lee Bowser. It’s currently unclear if any of the film’s other cast members will reprise their roles for the series.
The 10-episode debut season will premiere sometime in 2017.