China Anne McClain (“House of Payne”) and Nafessa Williams (“Code Black”) are set to play the two daughters of the titular hero in The CW’s DC drama pilot “Black Lightning”.
Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, former vigilante Black Lightning who hung up his secret identity years ago. He has two daughters Jennifer (McCain), an outspoken scholar-athlete with a wild streak, and Anissa (Williams), a passionate and quick-witted med student.
The pair follow in their father’s footsteps and become superheroes, taking on the names of Thunder and Lightning, respectively. Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil (“Being Mary Jane”) are showrunners on the series which is going to pilot for a potential premiere this Fall.