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Blindspotting - Production Begins and Cast Announced by Starz

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Santa Monica, Calif. — Starz announced today it has started production for “Blindspotting,” the television series inspired by the provocative and critically-acclaimed Lionsgate film from Rafael Casal (Bad Education, “The Good Lord Bird”) and Daveed Diggs (“Snowpiercer,” “Hamilton an American Musical,” “Black-ish”). Casal will lead “Blindspotting” as showrunner. Produced by Lionsgate Television, the eight-episode, half-hour series will be shot in Oakland and Los Angeles.

Recording artist Benjamin Earl Turner, Atticus Woodward (“Shameless”), Jaylen Barron (“Free Rein,” “Shameless”) and Candace Nicholas-Lippman (“Good Trouble”) have been cast as series regulars alongside series star and Emmy Award®-winner Jasmine Cephas Jones (“#Freerayshawn,” “Hamilton an American Musical”). Casal will also reprise his character Miles in a recurring role for the series.

“Diggs and I are thrilled to continue our partnership with Lionsgate by expanding the Blindspotting world as a series on STARZ,” Rafael Casal said. “This story, the incredible cast and the production are a dream. We are making the kind of show we have long hoped to see on television, centered around just some of the amazing kinds of characters the Bay Area has to offer.”

“Figuring out a way to bring The Bay to life in a half-hour comedy space has been so rewarding,” Daveed Diggs adds. “Ultimately, this is a story about how a broken prison system affects all of us and, like the film, we’re using comedy to talk about very real systemic effects in the country with the largest prison population in the world.”

Previously announced, Jasmine Cephas Jones will reprise her lead role as Ashley, a woman who is nipping at the heels of a middle-class life in Oakland until Miles, her partner of 12 years and father of their son, is suddenly incarcerated. Jones is known for her dual roles as “Peggy Schuyler” and “Maria Reynolds” in the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit “Hamilton an American Musical.” She has appeared in “Girls” and “Midnight, Texas” and most recently “Mrs. Fletcher” and “#Freerayshawn,” which she earned an Emmy® Award for. Jones also serves as a producer on the series.

Benjamin Earl Turner is a musician, writer, actor, spoken word artist and alumnus of #BARS Workshop lab series, created by Casal and Diggs, at the Public Theater in New York. Turner will play Earl, who is fresh out of jail and wearing an ankle bracelet while doing a year of house arrest. He is just trying to kill time and lay low. Turner also serves as a writer on the series.

Atticus Woodward, best known for his role in “Shameless,” will play Ashley and Miles’ sweet, smart and energetic son, Sean.

Jaylen Barron is four-time Young Artist Award-nominated actress who has appeared in shows like “Shake It Up” and “See Dad Run.” Her breakout roles in “Shameless” and the Emmy Award®-winning series, “Free Rein” have elevated her career and prepared her for the next big role. Barron will play Miles’ younger half-sister, Trish, who might be wilder than he is. While she is quite a handful, she is the most loyal and loving person you’ll ever meet.

Candace Nicholas-Lippman was discovered by Casal and Diggs through an open Northern Calif. casting call and her spoken-word poetry. She has appeared in several high-profile Los Angeles plays including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “In The Next Room,” which earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Female in LA Scenie Award and LA Weekly Award. Nicholas-Lippman will play Ashley’s close friend, Janelle, who is equal parts TOWN as hell and worldly. She has just returned to the neighborhood in Oakland after spending many years in Bali.

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