Tracee Ellis Ross Will Return for the Upcoming 'Daria' Spinoff 'Jodie'

Reviving her supporting character from the iconic MTV animated series.

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Those who saw Tyler, the Creator‘s recent music video “EARFQUAKE” might’ve noticed Tracee Ellis Ross playing the woman in the wig at the beginning of the video. According to reports, the actress will bring her comedic sensibilities to life, in the upcoming Daria spin-off Jodie.

As executive producer and lead voice, Ross will be playing Jodie Landon, a witty, unapologetically sarcastic college grad who enters the workforce fresh with a job in tech. Although Jodie was only meant to be a supporting role in Daria, the character has since amassed a cult following as an archetype for teenage black girls growing up in predominantly white suburbs.

Tracee Ellis Ross has added in a press statement, “Being able to give voice to fresh, feminist and unexplored stories of young women excites me. ‘Jodie,’ will spin-off from the cult classic ‘Daria,’ and with the brilliant, sweet and sarcastic black girl magic that is Jodie Landon, we will feature a diverse cast, comprised mainly of unapologetically smart and ambitious young female characters who are vulnerable and flawed and interesting and funny. As a very cool bonus, ‘Jodie’ will be the first adult animated show in almost 20 years that will star a black woman. It will be a smart, funny workplace comedy full of commentary about everything from gentrification to sex to tech to call-out culture.”

The MTV reboot will be written by its creator Grace Nkenge Edwards and will be expected to air in early 2020.

In other related news, Kid Cudi joins the cast of Bill & Ted: Face the Music.

 

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COME THRU JODIE ~ @mtv studios and @gracyact I am thrilled to bring this project to life with Grace Nkenge Edwards and MTV Studios, both as executive producer and by voicing Jodie’s character. Being able to give voice to fresh, feminist and unexplored stories about women of color excites me. Jodie will spin-off from the cult classic Daria with the brilliant, sweet and sarcastic black girl magic that is Jodie Landon. To have the sidekick character move to the forefront is a real metaphor for what is happening in our culture. There hasn’t been an adult animated show centered on an African American female character for more than a decade (BET’s short-lived series, Hey Monie!). Allowing in those voices that have been pushed to the fringes, that have lived full and extraordinary lives on the edges of what culture has deemed as popular—it feels exciting and apropos.

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