Raising Dion - Alisha Wainwright to Star; Jazmyn Simon & Ja'Siah Young Join Netflix Series By Nirat Anop (June 28, 2018, 1:25 am)
Alisha Wainwright (Shadowhunters) has been cast to star in Netflix's upcoming sci-fi family drama, Raising Dion. She will play Nicole Reese, the widowed single mother of Dion played by Ja'Siah Young. Michael B. Jordan plays her husband.
Raising Dion follows the story of a woman named Nicole Reese, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark (Michael B. Jordan). The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts secret with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat (Jason Ritter), and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.
JA’SIAH YOUNG AND ALISHA WAINWRIGHT CAST AS LEADS IN NETFLIX’S ‘RAISING DION’
Newcomer Ja’Siah Young will star as ‘Dion Reese,’ a curious, playful, and intelligent 7-year-old boy who is learning he has some very special abilities - he can move things with his mind. While exciting and cool, it's also something he knows scares his mom, Nicole.
Alisha Wainwright (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) will star as ‘Nicole Reese,’ a former professional dancer who gave it up to raise her son Dion when her husband Mark died. Although Nicole is completely overwhelmed by raising her son alone while dealing with the loss of her husband, she is still effortlessly cool and maintains a positive outlook on life for Dion. As Dion’s abilities become more and more apparent, Nicole’s protective nature heightens as she starts to fear for his safety.
Seith Mann (The Wire, Homeland), who most recently served as co-creator, director, and executive producer of The Breaks, has been tapped to direct the pilot. He will also serve as an executive producer.
Young and Wainwright join previously announced cast members Jason Ritter, Jazmyn Simon, and Michael B. Jordan.
Raising Dion is the brainchild of commercial and music video director Dennis Liu, who directed the short film, which became a viral sensation. Carol Barbee will serve as showrunner/executive producer and wrote the script for episode one.
Additionally, Deadline yesterday revealed that Jazmyn Simon (Ballers) has joined the cast of Raising Dion. Simon will play Kat, Nicole's sister.
Simon will play Kat, a surgical resident and Nicole’s sister. Easy to say, she’s the one that has her life together, and can’t help but correct Nicole on her life and parenting. All in all, she’s a wonderful and supportive aunt and sister, but has a hard time biting her tongue as she watches her sister make mistakes.