Deadline is reporting that RJ Cyler has signed up for a recurring role in the second season of superhero drama series Black Lightning.
The story of Black Lightning focuses on Jefferson Pierce, a man who hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago but with a daughter hellbent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning. The character was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden for DC Comics, making his debut in 1977 and was one of the first major African-American superheroes in the comics. His two daughters also would follow in his superhero footsteps, with Anissa Pierce aka Thunder and become a member of the Outsiders, while Jennifer Pierce aka Lightning would be recruited by the Justice Society of America.
RJ Cyler (whose credits include Power Rangers and Sierra Burgess Is A Loser) will be playing the role of Todd Green, the gangly and awkward tech genius who’s passed over for a research grant. He doesn’t take it well, until he gets an offer to join Tobias Whale.
Black Lightning also stars Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, Christine Adams, James Remar, Damon Gupton, Marvin ‘Krondon’ Jones III, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Edwina Findley, Chantal Thuy, Jordan Calloway and Kearran Giovanni.