Marvin “Krondon” Jones III has been cast in the series regular role of Tobias Whale for Black Lightning's forthcoming first season.
While showrunners have said that there won't be a traditional "big bad" for Black Lightning like most other superhero shows use in any given season, it has long been assumed that Whale, Black Lightning's arch-nemesis and the head of The 100 gang in the comics, would show up in the series.
"I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition," executive producer Salim Akil said in a statement. "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."
According to his official network bio, Tobias Whale is "an African-American man with albinism [and] the leader of Freeland’s most feared gang — The 100. But in the days before Black Lightning, Tobias was a politician, rising up the ranks of local government through corrupt and illegal means. That was until he was brought down by Alvin Pierce, Jefferson’s father. Enraged, Tobias murdered Alvin and was driven underground into exile. It’s here he found a place to rebuild, growing into the violent and methodical leader of The 100 as we find him today. But Black Lightning’s recent return has ignited Tobias’ desire to emerge from the shadows and face his biggest adversary, Jefferson Pierce AKA Black Lightning."
Born and Raised in South Central LA, solo rapper and Strong Arm Steady (SAS) front man Krondon (KRNDN) recently released Everything's Nothing, his debut album but hardly a first impression. Apart from his work with SAS, the Cali rapper has written for a number of artists, including Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre. and Xzibit.