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Rapper Krondon Joins Black Lightning as DC Villain Tobias Whale

August 10, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Black Lightning has cast one of its biggest villains. The CW announced on Thursday that Marvin “Krondon” Jones III will play Tobias Whale in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation. Jones is a rapper as part of the underground Strong Arm Steady and has previously acted in a 2011 episode of Harry’s Law.

Salim Akil, who is an executive producer on the show, said of the casting, “I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition. He’s going to make a great Tobias! His authentic street sensibility along with an insightful intelligence is perfect for the Tobias character arc. Not to mention his regal physical bearing will be additive to making our show exciting and different.”

Tobias Whale first appeared in Black Lightning #1 in 1977. He is an albino African-American man and a local politician who goes on to murder Alvin Pierce, father to the main character of Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), after he is exposed to be involved in government corruption. Driven underground, he goes on to rebuild his reputation as the “violent and methodical” leader of The 100 gang, eventually reemerging to face off against the titular vigilante.

Black Lightning premieres in midseason on The CW.