Senegalese actress Anna Diop has been cast as Starfire in DC's new series

Diop becomes the first African to be cast in a superhero lead role

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Senegalese actress Anna Diop has been cast as StarFire in DC’s upcoming series Titans.

The actress will play the role of Princess Koriand’r, an alien warrior who finds herself on earth and joins up with the group of super heroes known as the Titans.

Titans was first announced last year and will debut as part of DC’s upcoming digital streaming network in 2018. Written by Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery), DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns (The Flash, Arrow) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Titans will follow a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe.

Based on the extremely popular comic book super team, this will be the first time the Titans—and many of its members—are seen in live action.

The Senegalese screen siren who moved to the United States as a six year old recently starred in the Fox series 24:Legacy and was also seen in Oprah Winfrey’s religious drama Greenleaf.

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