EXCLUSIVE: Nabiyah Be Black Panther, newcomer Will Harrison, Suki Waterhouse The Bad Batch, and Josh Whitehouse Poldark have been cast opposite Riley Keough and Sam Claflin in musical drama series Daisy Jones & The Six, based on the best-selling novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, from Amazon Studios and Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine.
Daisy Jones & The Six details the spectacular rise and precipitous fall of a renowned fictional rock band in the 1970s.
Be will play Simone Jackson, Daisy’s closest friend and fellow musician who unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of the underground disco scene of the mid 1970s.
Harrison will portray Graham Dunne, Billy’s little brother whose desire to form a band ignites the spark that takes them all from small town Pittsburgh boys to the top of the charts.
Waterhouse is Karen Sirko, a true original and one of the first women in the overwhelmingly male world of rock and roll.
Whitehouse will play Eddie Roundtree, fiery bassist of The Six who can’t seem to shake the chip on his shoulder that comes from being in someone else’s band. Daisy Jones & The Six will be executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, Brad Mendelsohn for Circle of Confusion, Niki Caro and showrunner Will Graham. Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber created the series and also serve as executive producers, with Taylor Jenkins Reid as producer.
Be appeared opposite Michael B. Jordan in Marvel's Black Panther. On the stage, Be originated the role of Eurydice in Rachel Chavkin's and Anais Mitchell's Hadestown at New York Theater Workshop, and won a Drama Desk Award as part of the ensemble of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play at MCC. Be is repped by ICM Partners and Suskin Management.
Newcomer Harrison is a 2019 graduate of The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
Waterhouse’s credits include The Bad Batch and Assassination Nation.
Whitehouse most recently starred alongside Vanessa Hudgens in Netflix's fantasy comedy romance The Knight Before Christmas. On television he’s known for a major arc in the third and fourth seasons of BBC/PBS drama series Poldark. Upcoming for Whitehouse in 2020 are features In Valley Girl, Rachel Goldenberg's musical adaptation of the original 1983 film; and The Happy Worker opposite Thomas Haden Church and Colm Meaney. He’s repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, United Agents and Gang Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman.
High school can be a battlefield, but rarely has that battlefield seemed so dangerous as it does in Amazon’s stylish Sundance drama Selah and The Spades. The feature film debut of writer/director Tayarisha Poe, Selah and The Spades follows a young girl who is chosen to be the protégé of the Queen Bee of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, and discovers that she wasn’t the first to be given this dubious honor. Watch the Selah and The Spades trailer below.
Selah and The Spades Trailer
Amazon Studios has released the official trailer for Tayarisha Poe’s feature film debut, Selah and The Spades, a stylish high school drama set in the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school. In this exclusive world, the student body is run by five factions: The Spades, The Sea, The Skins, The Bobbies, and The Prefects. Commanding the top faction is the titular Selah Summers Love Simone, who decides to choose a young protégé to take her place upon graduation. But as that sophomore upstart Paloma Celeste O’Connor soon finds, it’s a treacherous path to the top.
Selah and The Spades seems like a teen drama in the tradition of Brick or Thoroughbreds — stylish, razor-sharp, and populated by very good-looking teens who all act like characters in a noir film. The cast of fresh faces playing those characters include Jharrel Jerome, Jesse Williams, Gina Torres, and Ana Mulvoy Ten.
Here is the synopsis for Selah and The Spades:
In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers Lovie Simone runs the most dominant group, the Spades, with unshakable poise, as they cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal alcohol and pills. Tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah’s best friend/right hand Maxxie MOONLIGHT’s Jharrel Jerome becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée, enamored sophomore Paloma Celeste O’Connor, to whom she imparts her wisdom on ruling the school. But with graduation looming and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah’s fears turn sinister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.
In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us in a ened depiction of teenage politics. This searing character study encapsulates just how intoxicating power can be for a teenage girl who acutely feels the threat of being denied it. Exciting newcomer Lovie Simone’s performance beautifully embodies both Selah’s publicly impeccable command and the internal fears and uncertainty that drive it.
Selah and The Spades premieres on Amazon Prime Video April 17, 2020.