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Oprah Winfrey Network Announces New Recurring and Guest Star Cast Members

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the  of ten new recurring and guest star cast members to the ensemble for “David Makes Man”, the lyrical drama from winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) and Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Lela Rochon (“Training Day”), Trace Lysette (“Transparent”), Liza Colon-Zayas (“Proven Innocent”), Juanita Jennings (“Star”), Lindsey Blackwell (“Step Sisters”), Solomon Valdez (“[Bi]Polar”), Teshi Thomas (“The Good Place,” “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance”), Nick Creegan, Kimaya Naomi and Logan Rozos have joined the series.

McCraney serves as executive producer of the series alongside Dee Harris-Lawrence (“Shots Fired,” “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.,”) who serves as showrunner. Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy (“Revenge,”) under their Page Fright production banner, Michael B. Jordan (“Creed”) via his Outlier Society Productions and Oprah Winfrey are also executive producers.

“David Makes Man” centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the lyrical drama, inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the inherent trauma sustained in the fight for survival.

The series is produced by Page Fright and Outlier Society Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. It is currently in production in Orlando, Florida and set for a 2019 premiere on OWN.

The following actors are set for recurring or guest roles on “David Makes Man”:

  • Feature film star Lela Rochon (“Training Day”, “Blood Done Sign My Name”) will recur as Alma, Gloria’s estranged mother.

    Lela Rochon
  • Trace Lysette (“Transparent”) is Femi, a protective den mother to troubled adolescents.

    Trace Lysette
  • LAByrinth Theater Company member Liza Colon-Zayas (“Proven Innocent,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Bull”) plays Principal Fallow. She runs the magnet school that David, Seren and Marissa attend.

    Liza Colon-Zayas
  • Juanita Jennings (“Star”) is set to play the role of Mrs. Hertrude, the resident manager.

    Juanita Jennings
  • Film, television and stage actor Lindsey Blackwell (“Step Sisters”) will play Marissa, David and Seren’s friend and classmate.

    Lindsey Blackwell
  • Teshi Thomas (“The Good Place,” “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance”) is set to play Tare, a neighborhood girl who also lives in The Ville with David.

    Teshi Thomas
  • TV newcomer Solomon Valdez (“[Bi]Polar”) will play Willie Derrick, an 11-year-old wanna-be dope dealer.

    Solomon Valdez
  • Nick Creegan makes his television debut as Desmond, the second-in-command to Raynan’s uncle Teo.

    Nick Creegan
  • Kimaya Naomi makes her television introduction as Shella, a younger friend of Tare’s who also lives in The Ville.

    Kimaya Naomi
  • Logan Rozos also makes his television debut as Star , a quiet but direct who goes to live with Ms. Elijah.

    Logan Rozos

The diverse lineup of talented actors adds to the previously announced series regular ensemble cast that includes Akili McDowell, three-time Emmy nominee Phylicia RashadNathaniel Logan McIntyreIsaiah JohnsonAde Chike TorbertJordan BolgerCayden K. WilliamsTravis Coles and Alana Arenas. They also join guest stars Gillian WilliamsElvis Nolasco, and Tony Award winner and Emmy/Golden Globe nominee Ruben Santiago-Hudson.


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