Lena Waithe Casts Jonica T. Gibbs As Star In “Twenties” Series
Lena Waithe and TBS have solidified the cast for a single camera comedy titled “Twenties.” The show is based off of Waithe’s web series, of the same name, which follows the life of a Queer black woman named Hattie and her two straight best friends, Marie and Nia. Stories will be told from the perspective of three black women as they go through life; spending their days bantering about life’s daily tribulations as they chase their dreams.
Waithe is excited to bring this new series to life because it will aide in signifying representation for LGBTQ viewers.
Queer black characters have been the sidekick for long enough; it’s time for us to finally take the lead.
Originally picked up in January 2018, the 34-year-old executive producer is excited to explore friendship, finding love and swindling up everything along the way. Waithe plans to bring to the table,
I wrote Twenties back in 2009. I always wanted to tell a story where a queer black woman was the protagonist and I’m so grateful to TBS for giving me a platform to tell this story. Queer black characters have been the sidekick for long enough, it’s time for us to finally take the lead.
Hattie will be played by Jonica T. Gibbs, and her best friends, Marie and Nia, will be portrayed by Christina Elmore and Gabrielle Graham.. Waithe will executive produce the film in conjunction with her Hillman Grad Productions.
Waithe is a screenwriter, producer, and actress who is widely known as her role of Denise; in the 2015 Netflix series Master of None, which she won the Emmy for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” in 2017. Earlier this week, it was announced Waithe would be teaming up with Hollywood veteran Halle Berry to create a 10-episode television series based off Eddie Murphy‘s movie “Boomerang” for BET.