The CW has officially given a series order to acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s upcoming series adaptation of DC Comics’ Naomi, which will be led by Kaci Walfall as the titular teen superhero. The pilot was directed and co-executive produced by Amanda Marsalis from a script written by DuVernay and Jill Blankenship. DuVernay also took to Twitter to confirm and celebrate the news by sharing new behind-the-scenes photos from the production of the Naomi pilot, featuring a new look at Walfall.
Naomi centers on the titular character in her teenage years as she journeys from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. Still, when a supernatural event rattles her hometown, she must set out to uncover its origins, discovering something that will challenge everything people believe about superheroes.
The series will star Kaci Walfall (Army Wives, Power) in her first major TV role as the titular DC hero. Joining her are Alexander Wraith (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) as Dee, Cranston Johnson (Filthy Rich, P-Valley) as Zumbado, and newcomer Camila Moreno as Lourdes have also been cast as series regulars.
Based on Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker’s DC comic series, Walfall’s Naomi is described as an effortlessly cool and confident high school student who is the adopted daughter of doting parents. Popular with all the kids in her military town, Naomi is unafraid to embrace her AP-student, comic book-loving nerdiness. After a supernatural event leads to the discovery of her powers within, Naomi pursues her hidden destiny.
Naomi is written and executive produced by Oscar nominee director Ava DuVernay (13th, Selma, When They See Us) and Arrow alum Jill Blankenship. Executive producers are Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes. It will be co-produced by Warner Bros. Television and DuVernay’s Array Filmworks, which currently has a rich overall deal.