Doctor Who and The Responder stars join Netflix superhero series


Netflix has announced a new superhero original series, with some familiar faces in the cast.

Tosin Cole will lead Supacell as Michael Lasaki, with Adelayo Adedayo also set to appear as Dionne.

Cole is best known for playing his companion Ryan Sinclair on Doctor Who from 2018 to 2021 and recently starred in the US TV series 61st Street, while Adedayo played rookie police officer Rachel Hargreaves in the BBC One drama The Responder. released in early 2022.

Nadine Mills (Sliced) as Sabrina, Eric Kofi Abrefa (Blue Story) as Andre, Calvin Demba (Life) as Rodney, Josh Tedeku (A Town Called Malice) as Tazer, Rayxia Ojo (Call The Midwife) as Sharleen and Giacomo Mancini ( Top Boy) as Spud.

The six-parter will follow five black South Londoners who unexpectedly develop superpowers, with Cole Michael’s character tasked with bringing them all together in order to save the woman he loves.

Adelayo Adedayo in The Responder. BBC

The series will be executive produced by rapper/producer and Blue Story writer/director Rapman, who will also direct episodes 1, 2, and 6, with the remaining episodes helmed by Sebastian Thiel (Dreaming Whilst Black).

Production will begin later this month in south London, with a project known as the Supacell Six Scheme.

The program – founded by Rapman, New Wave and Netflix – is designed to give black creatives the opportunity to break into the television industry and will give six chosen candidates the opportunity to develop in their chosen field thanks to a team shadowing, access to experts in their field and additional refresher courses.

Netflix has yet to announce a release date for the series.

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