A TV series based on Marvel‘s Cloak & Dagger is coming to Freeform. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood recently spoke to BlackFilm about directing the series that stars Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of, Run All Night) and former Disney Channel star Olivia Holt (I Didn’t Do It) as the title heroes, Tandy Bowen, a.k.a. Dagger, and Tyrone Johnson, a.k.a. Cloak! First, check out the official info for the series:
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is a coming-of-age series based on the beloved Marvel characters. Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret they never dared share with another soul. Once a privileged little girl, Tandy Bowen watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life. Now in her late teens, an unexpected encounter with a boy named Tyrone sparks a life changing event. Young Tyrone Johnson wanted nothing more than to prove he was fearless. But when everything he held close was taken away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid. Now older and more sheltered, Tyrone closes himself off. But when he meets a girl named Tandy his life changes forever.
Prince-Bythewood spoke about getting involved with the series, though she said she wasn’t aware of it before this job.
“I’ve just been a fan of Marvel,” she tells the site. “When I heard what the story was about, it was right into my wheelhouse and the fact that my boys are big comic book guys and honestly, three years ago I was watching a Marvel show and my youngest ask when will we have a Black superhero? The fact that we’re so excited for Black Panther to come out, and the fact that I got to put something out on TV with a young female superhero and a black superhero was just a gift.”
She also talked about having more people of color working on Marvel properties than in the past.
“I came in to do the pilot, so I’m excited for the opportunity to do it,” she says. “It was such a great script and to be able to help create the look of the show was exciting for me. I love that they are starting to open up and broaden who there are bringing in.”
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger also stars Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden, Carl Lundstedt, James Saito, and J.D. Evermore, and will premiere in 2018. Are you guys excited for the series? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.