Black Lightning executive producer Salim Akil announced casting of his season 1 prime villain, Tobias Whale. Â “Krondon’s authentic street sensibility along with an insightful intelligence is perfect for the Tobias [Whale] character arc,” saidÂ Mr Akil’s statment. “Not to mention his regal physical bearing,” Â MrÂ Akil announced casting of Los Angeles rapper Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as a Black Lightning series regular, Tobias Whale. Â Mr Akil raved about Mr Jones’ audition, “I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition. He’s going to make a great Tobias!”
In the milieuÂ crafted for the CW’s next great superhero show, Salim Akil and his creative partner and wife Mara Brock-AkilÂ interpretÂ Tobias Whale as a disgraced politician. Â Rising through the ranks of Freeland city government, Tobias climbed with corruption and violence. Â Exposed by the hero’s father, Alvin Pierce, Tobias murdered the elder Pierce and went to ground. Â Now, as the leader of violent street gang, The 100, Tobias reemerges. Â Tobias and The 100 bring fear to the same neighborhoods where high school principal Jefferson Pierce has brought shelter.
Like his character Tobias Whale, Mr Jones is albinistic. Â Known in the Los Angeles underground hip-hop scene as solo rapper Krondon, Mr Jones released a debut albumÂ Everything’s Nothing. Â Mr Jones formerly fronted Strong Arm Steady. Â More than somewhat new to acting, Mr Jones has two credits in IMdB. Â He played one character in a 2011 episode ofÂ Harry’s Law. Â He also appeared in documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton. Â Everyone started somewhere, so did Krondon,Â writing for a number of rap acts, including Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre and Xzibit. Mr Jones joins a cast that includes Cress Williams as the titular hero, along with Christine Adams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Damon Gupton, and James Remar.