General Hospital star Tequan Richmond (Everybody Hates Chris) and All Night‘s Tetona Jackson will star in Halle Berry & Lena Waithe’s executive produced BET reboot of the 1992 film Boomerang. As reported by Deadline, the 10-episode half-hour series will be co-produced by BET Networks and Paramount Television.
Ben Cory Jones (Insecure) is set to be the showrunner and co-executive produce with Berry and Waithe. Waithe, who’s writing credits include Fox’s Bones and Showtime’s The Chi, won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her work on Netflix’s Master of None. Halle Berry is an Academy Award winning actress who’s produced and/or co-produced HBO’s Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and CBS’s Extant.
Boomerang is based on the film of the same name, which starred Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry, David Alan Grier, Grace Jones, Martin Lawrence and more, and will follow the lives of children from the film as they attempt to forge their own path out from the legacy of their parents.
Tequan Richmond will play Bryson, son of Jacqueline Boyer (Robin Givens). Raised by a single mother, he’s described as resourceful, tough and charming young man who isn’t afraid to show vulnerability. Tetona Jackson is playing Simone, daughter of Marcus and Angela Graham (Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry). She’s the perfect blend of her parents, inheriting her father’s confidence and chill vibe from her mother. She’s described as privileged, beautiful, cool and driven to a fault. Like Bryon, she wants to make her own name in the world. Both Richmond and Jackson worked together in Hulu’s All Night.
Leland Martin (All Night) and Lala Milan (Claws) will play Ari and Tia, respectively. Ari is a handsome, charming producer with big dreams and a disarming swagger. He “doesn’t believe in labels” and is an equal opportunist when dating. Tia’s described as a misguided performance artist with high ambitions and wants to topple the patriarchy. She’s an activist who doesn’t mind getting rachet if she needs to.
The pilot was co-written by Lena Wraithe and Ben Cory Jones. Dime David (The Chi) is attached to direct numerous episodes including the pilot and finale.