Deadline is reporting that Kyanna Simone Simpson has landed a recurring role for CW’s DC 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.
Kyanna Simone Simpson (whose credits include The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and the upcoming White Boy Rick) will be playing the role of Kiesha, the partner-in-crime/best friend of Jennifer Pierce, who also attends Garfield High School. The daughter of Inspector Henderson, Kiesha will encourage Jennifer to challenge her image as the perfect principal’s daughter.