Black Lightning has found their Tobias Whale.
Rapper Marvin “Krondon” Jones III has landed the role and has joined the upcoming CW TV show as a series regular. Here’s how the show’s take on the character is described:
Tobias Whale is described as an African-American man with albinism who is the leader of Freeland’s most feared gang — The 100. But in the days before Black Lightning, Tobias was a politician, rising up the ranks of local government through corrupt and illegal means. That was until he was brought down by Alvin Pierce, Jefferson’s father. Enraged, Tobias killed Alvin and was driven underground into exile. It’s here he found a place to rebuild, growing into the violent and methodical leader of The 100 as viewers find him today. But Black Lightning’s recent return has ignited Tobias’ desire to emerge from the shadows and face his biggest adversary, Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning.
“I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition. He’s going to make a great Tobias! His authentic street sensibility along with an insightful intelligence is perfect for the Tobias character arc,” Executive Producer Salim Akil said in a statement. “Not to mention his regal physical bearing will be additive to making our show exciting and different.”
Tobias Whale made his first appearance in the original Black Lighning #1 comic in 1977 by Tony Isabella with Trevor von Eeden.
Black Lightning premieres at midseason on The CW.