Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to share the first official image from The CW’s upcoming series adaptation of DC Comics’ Naomi, featuring our first look at lead star Kaci Walfall as the titular teen hero. The photo obviously pays homage to the character’s first comic book cover in 2019, which was illustrated by artist Jamal Campbell. The network hasn’t given the project an official series order yet, but production on its pilot is still currently underway.
First look at @kaciwalfall as NAOMI from @ARRAYNow + @warnerbrostv. I love this show so much and have had sheer, downright fun creating it. Feel like a teenager again. LOL. Kaci is a phenom. Truly excited for her and grateful to all involved in bringing NAOMI to life! xo https://t.co/CAi23C1nG0 pic.twitter.com/FAirg0WaSm
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 30, 2021
The Naomi pilot centers on the titular character in her teenage years as she journeys from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. Still, when a supernatural event rattles her hometown, she must set out to uncover its origins, discovering something that will challenge everything people believe about superheroes.
The pilot is being led by Kaci Walfall (Army Wives, Power) in her first major TV role as the titular DC hero. Joining her are Alexander Wraith (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) as Dee, Cranston Johnson (Filthy Rich, P-Valley) as Zumbado, and newcomer Camila Moreno as Lourdes have also been cast as series regulars.
Based on Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker’s DC comic series, Walfall’s Naomi is described as an effortlessly cool and confident high school student who is the adopted daughter of doting parents. Popular with all the kids in her military town, Naomi is unafraid to embrace her AP-student, comic book–loving nerdiness. After a supernatural event leads to the discovery of her powers within, Naomi pursues her hidden destiny.
The potential series is written and executive produced by the Selma director Ava DuVernay and Arrow alum Jill Blankenship. Executive producers are Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes. It will be co-produced by Warner Bros. Television and DuVernay’s Array Filmworks, which currently has a rich overall deal.