Streaming giant Netflix has set its cast for the wildly popular movie-turned-series Dear White People.

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Based on Justin Simien‘s 2014 crowd funded flick, the 10-episode project will stay true to the critically acclaimed film, following a diverse group of students on a predominantly white Ivy League college that battles racial tensions. Actress Logan Browning (Powers, Hit the Floor) will replace the feature film’s Tessa Thompson (Creed) in the leading role, as Brandon P. Bell will reprise his role from the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Simien, the film’s director, producer and writer described how important and relatable the film was:


“During the film’s release, I had the pleasure to speak with hundreds of students and faculty across a variety of college campuses dealing with these very issues in real time. I’m so grateful to have this platform – not only to give a voice to those too often unheard in our culture, but to also tell great stories from new points of views. From day one, Lionsgate has been remarkably supportive of the vision for the show, and working with Netflix is every bit as harmonious as I’d imagined it would be. Bringing this show to such a vibrant platform is an honor I don’t take lightly.”

Dear White People, the Sundance award-winning satirical indie film and second original series for Netflix, will start production later this year and will premiere on Netflix in 2017.

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