CW drops first-look photos of Ava DuVernay’s ‘Naomi’

Kaci Walfall has been tapped for the titular role as a high school student with superhero abilities

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The CW has released the first image from its upcoming DC Comics pilot Naomi from acclaimed director Ava DuVernay — check it out below.

As theGRIO previously reported, actress Kaci Walfall has been tapped for the titular role of Naomi McDuffie, a high school student who searches to find the origin of a supernatural event while discovering her superhero abilities, Deadline reports.

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DuVernay took to Twitter late last year to announce the project and praised DC Comics for “believing in the vision.” She also noted that the new series is the third DC project coming out of her production company, theGRIO reported. Duvernay is helming DMZ for HBO and she recently dropped out of the big-screen adaptation of New Gods.

The first Naomi comic, created by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker and illustrated by artist Jamal Campbell, came out in March 2019 and was called Naomi #1, according to Fandom. In the comics, Naomi has energy-based powers that grants her incredible strength and supernatural abilities.

Bendis reacted on social media to the initial news of DuVernay developing the series, tweeting in December 2020, “I cannot find the right gif to properly express my over the top joy. I guess I’ll just have to use words and stuff! YAY!!!”

Walfall will co-star alongside three series regulars, Alexander Wraith, Cranston Johnson, and newcomer Camila Moreno. Deadline shared a breakdown on each of their characters:

Walfall’s Naomi has been described to be an effortlessly cool and confident high school student that pursues her hidden destiny after a supernatural event leads to the discovery of her powers within.

Wraith will portray Dee, who has been described as an owner of a local tattoo parlor. The description unveiled that Dee appears to know more than he is willing to tell after a strange event leaves the town in chaos.

Johnson will play a mysterious owner of a local used car lot named Zumbado. The character is described as someone who has a troubling past, ultimately leading to a tense encounter with Naomi.

Moreno will play a young woman with a sarcastic sense of humor who works in a vintage collectibles shop who has an unrequited crush on Walfall’s character.

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The CW has not officially ordered Naomi to series. DuVernay and Jill Blankenship  will write and exec produce the pilot. Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes will also executive produce.
Kaci Walfall as ‘NAOMI’ in Ava DuVernay’s DC pilot on The CW / Twitter

DuVernay shared the first promotional photo of Wallfall as Naomi in a Twitter post along with the caption, “I love this show so much and have had sheer, downright fun creating it. Feel like a teenager again. LOL. Kaci is a phenom. Truly excited for her and grateful to all involved in bringing NAOMI to life!”

In related news, earlier this year, DuVernay signed an exclusive podcasting deal with Spotify. 

Under the multi-year collaboration, DuVernay’s film distribution company Array is expected to produce several scripted and unscripted shows, per TheWrap. Array president Sarah Bremne will oversee the projects. DuVernay credits Lydia Polgreen of Gimlet, the Spotify-owned podcasting studio, for influencing her decision to sign the deal.

“Recognizing the undeniable power of voice and sound, I’m thrilled to extend Array’s storytelling into the realm of podcasts,” DuVernay said in a statement. “The opportunity to work with Lydia Polgreen and her passionate team drew us to Spotify as a home for our audio narratives and we couldn’t be more excited to begin this new creative journey.”

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