Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Development News - Vince Staples, Xavier Mills, Karen Obilom, Melvin Gregg and Essence Renae to Star in Showtime's 'The Wood'

Development News - June 29, 2022

Showtime's The Wood.

  • Vince Staples, Xavier Mills, Karen Obilom, Melvin Gregg and Essence Renae will star in the comedy pilot written by Justin Hillian. Staples previously starred for two seasons in Adult Swim's Lazor Wulf. Mills guest starred on The CW's Legacies and NBC's Ordinary Joe. Obilom starred for two seasons in BET's Games People Play. Gregg starred in the second season of Netflix's American Vandal and in the Hulu limited series Nine Perfect Strangers. Renae guest starred on Freevee's Bosch: Legacy.
  • Staples will play Jamal, an aspiring photographer from Ladera Heights, who has been cut off by his upper-class family when he decided to follow his own path instead of going to historic Morehouse College.
  • Mills will play Dame, a sheep in wolves' clothing who is educated and ambitious but frustrated by his lot in life. He's guarded and emotionally unavailable to everyone except for his high school sweetheart, Brielle.
  • Obilom will play Brielle, a confident, polished engineer with big dreams of surpassing her humble beginnings.
  • Gregg will play Shawn, a Pok√©mon card reseller weighing the pros and cons of staying loyal to his friends or growing up, settling down and trying to make his relationship work with Ashley.
  • Renae will play Ashley, the mother of Shawn's daughter and an aspiring fashion designer who is impervious to his charms and has clear rules and expectations for him as a man and father.
  • Furthermore, Richard T. Jones and Tamala Jones will reprise their roles from the 1999 feature film by Rick Famuyiwa in the pilot. They play Slim and Tanya, respectively.