The Blackish star will be playing Jodie in an upcoming revival of the MTV Studios cult classic
While MTV Studios is no longer working on its original plan to do a Daria spin-off about alt icon and teen hero Daria Morgendorffer and her friend Jodie Landon, the studio has confirmed that it’s making a show that will exclusively focus on Jodie herself. Oh, and did we mention she’s being played by actor Tracee Ellis Ross?
Taking place in the years following the character’s time at Lawndale High, the series will follow Jodie as she navigates her first job after college, and in typical Gen Z fashion, she’s working in tech. The show will mark the first black female main character in an animated adult series in nearly 20 years and promises to cover “everything from gentrification to sex to tech to call-out culture”. And if you need any more reason to be excited, it will be written by Insecure writer Grace Nkenge Edwards, who will also be co-producing the show alongside Ellis Ross.
“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,” said Ellis Ross in a press release.
Originally conceived as a spin-off of adult cartoon series Beavis and Butthead, 90s cult classic Daria ran between 1997 and 2002. Jodie will be the first in a series of spin-offs from the Daria universe.
While there's no production schedule or release date available yet, you can watch a retro Jodie Landon call out a mansplaining schoolboy below: