Black Lightning has found its Tobias Whale. Rapper Marvin "Krondon" Joness III has been cast to play the villainous role in season 1, the CW has announced Thursday.
Described as an African-American man with albinism, Tobias Whale is the leader of Freeland's most feared gang - The 100. But in the days before Black Lightning, Tobias was a politician, rising up the ranks of local government through corrupt and illegal means. That was until he was brought down by Alvin Pierce, Jefferson's father. Enraged, Tobias murdered Alvin and was driven underground into exile. It's here he found a place to rebuild, growing into the violent and methodical leader of The 100 as we find him today. But Black Lightning's recent return has ignited Tobias' desire to emerge from the shadows and face his biggest adversary, Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning.
Here's a statement from EP Salim Akil:
I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition.
He's going to make a great Tobias! His authentic street sensibility along with an insightful intelligence is perfect for the Tobias character arc. Not to mention his regal physical bearing will be additive to making our show exciting and different.
Black Lightning premieres midseason on the CW.
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