Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad battle zombies in Little Monsters; Black Lightning finds its Grace Choi

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:18 AM EDT (Updated)

Zombie comedy movie Little Monsters has added a Star Wars alum and a Beauty and the Beast star to its cast, while The CW’s upcoming superhero series Black Lightning has found its Grace Choi.

According to Deadline, Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Josh Gad (LeFou on Beauty and the Beast) have signed on the dotted line to star in Little Monsters. Written and directed by Abe Forsythe (Down Under), the zombie flick also stars Alexander England (Down Under, Gods of Egypt, Alien: Covenant), who will topline the movie, currently being filmed in Sydney, Australia.

England stars as Dave, a washed-up musician who, having taken a fancy to his nephew’s kindergarten teacher, Miss Caroline (Nyong’o), volunteers to act as chaperone on a class field trip. However, the presence of world-famous kids' show personality Teddy McGiggle (Gad) — also after the “plucky” teacher’s affections — complicates matters for Dave. Things go from bad to worse when Dave and Miss Caroline must protect the children from a sudden zombie outbreak.


There’s no specific premiere date slated for the movie yet, but Little Monsters will open sometime in 2019.

Now, on to our TV news. Chantal Thuy (Madam Secretary, Pretty Little Liars) has snagged a recurring role on The CW’s Black Lightning as DC Comics character Crace Choi, says Variety. On the show, Choi is a comic book fan and bartender who’ll be Anissa Pierce’s (Nafessa Williams) love interest. Grace becomes friends with Anissa “while she is coming to terms with her abilities and becomes Anissa’s first confidant about the struggles and challenges of having abilities.”


Created in 2003 by Judd Winick and Tom Raney for the pages of DC Comics’ Outsiders #1, Grace Choi was the daughter of a Bana Amazon (a group of Amazons that broke away from the Amazons of Themyscira 3000 years ago) who had super strength and resilience.

She worked as a bouncer for a meta-human nightclub in Metropolis before she was recruited by Arsenal and Nightwing as a member of the Outsiders, a group created by Batman to “complete missions the Justice League couldn’t.” Like the TV version, Grace was also in a relationship with Anissa, aka Thunder, in the comics.

Black Lightning will premiere in 2018 on The CW.