The CW’s newest superhero series Black Lightning has cast its big bad. Rapper Marvin “Krondon” Jones III is set to play Tobias Whale.
The official character description of Whale, explains his violent past with Jefferson Pierce.
Tobias Whale, an African-American man with albinism, 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.
In a statement, executive producer Salim Akil expressed excitement about the choice.
“I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition,” said Akil. “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.”
Jones is a member of the group Strong Arm Steady and has previously appeared on the NBC drama Harry’s Law.
The series is not part of The CW’s popular Arrowverse quartet of superhero shows. Of course, the same thing was said about Supergirl when it first premiered.
Black Lightning stars Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, James Remar and China Anne McClain, and is scheduled to debut in 2018.
Source: Comic Book Resources