FX’s Octavia Butler TV adaptation adds Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, and more to the cast
FX has announced that six more actors have been added to the main cast of its upcoming drama series, Kinship. Based on the author’s bestselling and groundbreaking novel Octavia E. Butler, the series will follow a black woman who, while living a modern lifestyle, is surprised when she is suddenly transported to a plantation in pre-Civil War Maryland. As she travels back and forth, she tries to keep a grip on reality while enduring violent racist scenarios.
Mallori Johnson has already been announced in the lead role, and Kinship will mark his on-screen debut. She landed the job shortly after graduating from Juilliard in 2021. Johnson will be joined by Micah Stock (Netflix Collage), Ryan kwanten (HBO Real blood), Gayle rankin (Netflix GLOW), Austin smith (Hamilton), Antoinette Crowe-Heritage (Epix Harlem Godfather), and David Alexandre Kaplan (thrill Horror show), who will all be regulars in the series.
First published by Butler in 1979, Kinship has sold over a million copies and remains to this day one of the most influential speculative fiction novels of all time. As well as portraying heavy themes like slavery, the novel makes a strong critique of American history and how racial dynamics have deep roots that are almost impossible to tear apart.
The pilot of Kinship is set to be led by Janicza Bravo, who also directed the acclaimed film Zola as well as episodes from the new HBO season Processing and 2017 Lemon. The pilot is written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Watchmen), who is also an executive producer with the filmmaker Darren aronofsky. As the director is normally drawn to high profile stories like those told in his films mother! and Fountain (who also have time as an important element), it will be interesting to see how his style matches up with Butler’s impressive story.
This will be the first screen adaptation of Kinship. FX has yet to reveal a release date and episode count.
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The iconic series was abruptly canceled by NBC almost twelve years ago.
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