Fresh from the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” Daveed Diggs will have a season 3 arc as Rainbow Johnson’s brother, Johan, Variety can exclusively reveal.
Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and Johan, whose mother is a very laid-back, hippie-ish soul, had very different childhoods than Dre, and that’s partly why Johan will be a frequent thorn in Dre’s side. Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has always feared that his kids will grow up to be overly pampered, and it sounds like Johan is the personification of those fears.
“He’s sort of a hipster, entitled kid who gets on Dre’s nerves,” creator and showrunner Kenya Barrissaid. “He’s constantly on a search for the best conditioner for his hair. He’s probably gone to Penn or Wharton and could have gotten a great-paying job, but he’s trying to find himself. That attitude more than anything makes Dre want to strangle him.”
For Diggs, who won a Tony for playing Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in “Hamilton,” there’s even a tiny link to French culture.
Johan “has been to Paris twice and he’s like, ‘You Americans!’” Barris said. Johan, as it happens, doesn’t like his butter to be too cold and complains about Americans’ mania for refrigeration. “He’s like, ‘This butter’s making my croissant crumble,’” according to Barris. “Dre is constantly snatching food from him.”
The upside for Johan, who will have a “substantial” recurring arc in the third season, is that the Johnson kids think he’s extremely cool — except for Diane (Marsai Martin). “She’s not buying that sh*t,” Barris said. [Source]
It was recently announced that Diggs will also join Andy Samberg in his upcoming HBO sports mockumentary Tour de Pharmacy as cyclist Young Slim Klingston, and will have an arc on the next season of ABC’s Black-ish. [Source]
Daveed Diggs, who won a Tony for his work on Broadway’s Hamilton, is heading to the movies.
The actor, how plays Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in the smash Broadway musical, is joining Wonder, Lionsgate’s adaptation of the R.J. Palacio YA novel. Room star Jacob Tremblay leads a cast that also includes Julia Robert, Owen Wilson and Noah Jupe in the project being directed by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).
The script, by Jack Thorne and Steve Conrad, centers on Auggie Pullman, a young boy who was born with a facial deformity. For the first time, Auggie is going to a mainstream school, starting the fifth grade at Beecher Prep.
Diggs will play Tremblay’s teacher. [Source]
Following on the success of their tennis satire 7 Days in Hell, Andy Samberg and Murray Miller’s next HBO mockumentary project will take on doping in the world of professional cycling.
Titled Tour de Pharmacy, the limited series will star Samberg (as one of the competing cyclists) as well as Hamilton‘s Daveed Diggs, who takes his final bow in the Broadway smash tonight. The cast also includes Last Man on Earth‘s Will Forte, as well as Julia Ormond, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren, John Cena, Mike Tyson and Nathan Fielder. [Source]
This July, #BARS begins it’s second session as a lab series, created by artists Rafael Casal & Daveed Diggs, to serve as a space for artists to investigate the intersection between contemporary verse and theater. [Source]