If the newest trailer for Netflix’s “Dear White People” is any indication, the satirical edge of the film on which it’s based will be just as potent on the small screen.
Set among a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug, “Dear White People” is a send up of “post-racial” America that also weaves a universal story about forging one’s own unique path.
The new comedy series is based on writer/director/producer Justin Simien’s critically-acclaimed, Sundance award-winning satirical indie film of the same name. The series is produced by Lionsgate. Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate’s sister company, released the original film in 2014.
Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori and Ashley Blaine Featherson star in the provocative new show.
Simien wrote the series, as well as directed the first episode. Devon Shepard (“House of Lies,” “Weeds”), Stephanie Allain Bray (“Hustle & Flow,” “Dear White People”) and Julia Lebedev (“The Dinner,” “Dear White People”) serve as executive producers.
The original film first gained traction in 2012 with a concept trailer, underwritten by director Simien’s tax refund. By 2014, the crowd funded movie made a splash at film festivals, earning the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
The 10-episode, 30-minute series premieres on Netflix around the world April 28. Check out the trailer below: