Fresh off a season two renewal for his hit Netflix series BlackAF, Kenya Barris continues to expand his lineage on television. As first reported by Deadline, the creator is currently developing a third spinoff for his award-winning ABC series Black-ish with both Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis on-board to reprise their roles.
Penned by Barris himself, the series, titled Old-ish, will follow the parents of Anthony Anderson’s Dre Johnson, Ruby, and Earl. As they navigate a new lease on love and life, Lewis and Fishburne’s characters move to a gentrified neighborhood in Los Angeles and come face-to-face with the everchanging community around them.
The series will exist within the same shared universe as Black-ish, Mixed-Ish, and Freeform’s Grown-ish. All three shows tackle the triumphs and hardships of young black Americans and tout numerous NAACP, MTV Movie & TV, and Golden Globe Awards. Moreover, the shows’ casts boast impressive names like Tracee Ellis Ross, Raven-Symoné, Wanda Sykes, and Daveed Diggs.
Fishburne is one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood today. Best known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix film series, the actor has appeared in both the Marvel and DC cinematic universes. Following his portrayal of Perry White in Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman, Fishburne appeared in Ant-Man & The Wasp as Dr. Bill Foster. Moreover, the Academy Award-nominated actor touts appearances in groundbreaking films like Boyz N The Hood, What’s Love Got To Do With It, and the Apocalypse Now. Up next, Fishburne will reprise his role as The Bowery King in the John Wick film series.
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