Black Lightning: Cress Williams Cast As Jefferson Pierce

Black Lightning: Cress Williams Cast As Jefferson Pierce

Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) returns to the CW as the show’s lead character in Black Lightning. Read up on the superhero [here].

The DC superhero pilot from mega-producer Greg Berlanti was recently greenlit by the network. If it goes to series, that will make it the fifth DC show on The CW for Berlanti. The possibilities for crossovers between The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow next season are endless.

Deadline reports that executive producer/writer Salim Akil will also direct the Black Lightning pilot. The character was created by writer Tony Isabella and artist Trevor Von Eeden in 1977. Williams has also appeared on Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy, Prison Break, Friday Night Lights, Code Black and many other television series dating back to his Beverly Hills, 90210 debut in the early 90s. More casting news to follow!

Black Lightning - Pilot


Jefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent 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.