Washington Black
Based onWashington Black by Esi Edugyan
Written bySelwyn Seyfu Hinds
Jennifer Johnson
Directed byWanuri Kahiu
Mo Marable
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes9
Executive producers
  • Sterling K. Brown
  • Selwyn Seyfu Hinds
Production companies
Original release

Washington Black is an upcoming nine-part television for Hulu. It is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Esi Edugyan.


An eleven year-old boy (Kingsley) is forced to flee his home on a sugar plantation in Barbados after a shocking death. He comes under the wing of Medwin Harris (Brown), who himself had a traumatic childhood as a Black refugee in Nova Scotia.[1]



In March 2019 the rights for the novel were bought by 20th Television in association with Indian Meadows Productions, Anthony Hemingway Productions and The Gotham Group in a competetive situation.[2] In September 2019, it was reported that an adaptation of the novel was in development at Hulu with Sterling K. Brown attached as producer.[3] In October 2021, it was announced that Hulu had given the production a series order to a limited television adaptation of the novel consisting of nine episodes. The project will be produced by 20th Television with Sterling K. Brown and Selwyn Seyfu Hinds as executive producers.[4] Hinds is adapting the novel and showrunner for the series alongside series writer Jennifer Johnson. The directors are Wanuri Kahiu and Mo Marable.[5]


in November 2021, Ernest Kingsley Jr. was cast as title character George Washington ‘Wash’ Black, alongside Sterling K. Brown as Medwin Harris, with Lola Evans also cast as Tanna Goff.[6]

In February 2022, Tom Ellis was cast as Christopher ‘Titch’ Wilde.[7] That month, Rupert Graves was cast in as a series regular and Shaunette Renée Wilson to a recurring role.[8] Charles Dance was also cast as Titch and Wash'a father, James Wilde.[9] In May 2022, Billy Boyd, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, and Julian Rhind-Tutt were cast in recurring roles.[10]


Filming began on 28 March 2022 in Nova Scotia.[11] Filming locations included Lunenburg, The Ovens, Mount Uniacke, the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and Halifax.[12]


  1. ^ Porter, Rick (25 February 2022). "'Game of Thrones' Alum Charles Dance Boards 'Washington Black' at Hulu (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  2. ^ Thorne, Will. "20th Century Fox TV to Adapt Esi Edugyan Novel 'Washington Black' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  3. ^ Thorne, Will (11 September 2019). "Sterling K. Brown-Produced 'Washington Black' Series in Development at Hulu (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  4. ^ White, Peter (4 October 2021). "Sterling K. Brown & Selwyn Seyfu Hinds Adaptation Of 'Washington Black' Lands Series Order At Hulu". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  5. ^ Owens, Kelvin (2 February 2022). "Tom Ellis Joins Sterling K. Brown in 'Washington Black' Limited Series". Collider. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (23 November 2021). "'Washington Black': Ernest Kingsley Jr. Cast In Title Role, Iola Evans Also Stars In Hulu Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (2 February 2022). "'Lucifer' Alum Tom Ellis Joins Sterling K. Brown In Hulu's 'Washington Black'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  8. ^ Grobar, Matt; Wiseman, Andreas (10 February 2022). "Hulu Drama 'Washington Black' Adds Rupert Graves As Series Regular, Shaunette Renée Wilson As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. ^ Hailu, Selome (25 February 2022). "'Game of Thrones' Alum Charles Dance Cast in 'Washington Black' at Hulu". Variety.
  10. ^ Otterson, Joe (17 May 2022). "'Washington Black' Hulu Series Casts Billy Boyd, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Julian Rhind-Tutt (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  11. ^ Mullin, Morgan (23 March 2022). "Washington Black begins filming in Nova Scotia on March 28". The Cosst. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  12. ^ Murphy, Rose (18 June 2022). "Washington Black events aim to connect production crew with Black Nova Scotian communities". cbc. Retrieved 3 January 2024.