Although the news initially broke last October, it now looks like gears are finally turning on the “Blindspotting” series spinoff, as it was officially greenlit at Starz. The film’s producers, writers, and stars Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs are returning to write and executive produce the series (per Variety). They will be reteaming with Lionsgate, who will produce with Snoot Entertainment and Barnyard Projects.
The series will star Jasmine Cephas Jones, who will reprise her role as Ashley from the 2018 film. In the series, Jones’ Ashley will be forced to navigate the precarious challenges of raising a child on her own (after Casal’s Miles is unexpectedly incarcerated), as well as the socio-economic struggles of life in Oakland. We’re not precisely sure how long after the events of the film that the series will take place, but it’s clear that the series will be told predominantly from Ashley’s perspective, per a statement from Starz president of original programming Christina Davis:
“Rafael, Daveed, and Jasmine created a beautiful film that we believe will translate perfectly into a compelling series for Starz… This provocative and powerful narrative couldn’t be more timely, and in picking up the story from Ashley’s perspective, we will be able to shine a light on so many of the important social issues that the characters and the audience continue to grapple with.”
Meanwhile, in a less descriptive joint statement, Casal and Diggs showcased some of the humor, energy, and camaraderie we’ve come to expect from their wor and said, “Let us put you up on game, bruh… No description will encompass the complexity of a ‘Blindspotting’ series, ya dig? So just get juiced, cuz’ it stars Jasmine Cephas Jones, it’s set in Oakland and we’re making it, so it’s lightweight finna to be hella good and the soundtrack will indeed slap. OH BOY!”
Needless to say, as fans of “Blindspotting” ourselves, we’re looking forward to seeing what Casal, Diggs, Jones, and the team can conjure up in the half-hour television space.