According to TVLINE, rapper Marvin “Krondon” Jones III has joined the cast to play Tobias Whale, in Black Lightning‘s first season. Jones will star as a series regular role.
Tobias Whale, an African-American man with albinism, was first introduced in 1977’s Black Lightning #1. He is a local politician who goes on to murder Alvin Pierce, father to Jefferson Pierce (Hart of Dixie‘s Cress Williams), after he is exposed to be involved in government corruption. Driven underground, he goes on to rebuild his reputation as the “violent and methodical” leader of The 100 gang, eventually reemerging to face off against the titular vigilante.
“I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition. He’s going to make a great Tobias!” EP Salim Akil said in a statement. “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.”
Marvin Jones III is new to the acting scene. His only other credit is a 2011 episode of ‘Harry’s Law’
Black Lightning is slated to debut at midseason on The CW.
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