Earlier this week Netflix announced that Jason Ritter and Michael B. Jordan will be featured in the upcoming series “Raising Dion,” and today the video-streaming service added Alisha Wainwright and Ja’siah Young to the cast.
Ja’Siah Young will be taking on the role of ‘Dion Reese,’ a curious and intelligent 7-year-old boy who is learning that he has some very special abilities. Wainwright will be playing the role of his mother Nicole Reese. Dion’s powers are mostly telepathic, but we will know exactly what he is capable of doing when the series debuts in 2019. Fans may know Alisha Wainwright from the series “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments,” her character is a former professional dancer who gave everything up to raise her son Dion when her husband Mark (Michael B. Jordan) passed-away. Netflix described her character saying, “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. Joining Young, Wainwright, Ritter, and Jordan in the film is Jazmyn Simon. Netflix added, “Raising Dion, a Netflix production, 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.”
Raising Dion comes from music video director Dennis Liu, who directed the short film that the film is based on. Carol Barbee will serve as showrunner/executive producer and wrote the script for episode one. Joining her, Liu, and Mann as executive producers are Michael B. Jordan, through his Outlier Society Productions, MACRO’s Charles D. King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks; Kenny Goodman; and Michael Green.
Netflix confirmed that the series will include 10, hour-long episodes