Freeform starts production on 'Good Trouble', Tommy Martinez, Zuri Adele, Sherry Cola and Roger Bart join cast
Freeform has officially begun production on "Good Trouble", the spin-off of the critically acclaimed drama, "The Fosters," in Los Angeles, on June 11.
As announced earlier this year, the series will follow Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) as they embark on the next phase of their young adult lives in Los Angeles.
Joining Mitchell and Ramirez will be Tommy Martinez, Zuri Adele, Sherry Cola and Roger Bart, as series regulars, while Emma Hunton and Ken Kirby are set to play recurring roles on the show. They will be playing neighbors to Callie and Mariana at The Coterie apartment complex.
Tommy Martinez (Riverdale) will portray Gael, a socially conscious and politically active graphic designer while newcomer Zuri Adele will portray Malika, a whip-smart former foster kid with a passion for social justice.
Sherry Cola (I Love Dick) is set to portray Alice, a first-generation Asian American who manages the apartment complex. Roger Bart (A Series of Unfortunate Events) will be playing the conservative Judge Wilson for whom Callie is clerking.
As for Emma Hunton (Happy Endings), she will play Davia, a no holds barred teacher who also lives at The Coterie, and Ken Kirby (The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo), is going to be playing the role of Benjamin, a conservative fellow clerk who works with Callie.
"We decided it would be fun to follow Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) into the future, post-college, starting their adult lives," creator Peter Paige had shared with the Hollywood Reporter.
"Callie, fresh out of law school, clerking for a (conservative) federal judge. Mariana, having achieved her dream of attending MIT, taking her considerable talent for tech out into what is undeniably a male-dominated workplace. And of course, they would draw to themselves similarly driven, progressive young people, who share their determination to change the world. And thus was born Good Trouble."
Considering the success of the original show, the spin-off has some big shoes to fill, and Paige isn't leaving any chance for complaints. "There is no replacing 'The Fosters' the magic of that eclectic family, the chemistry of Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum), the charm and light of each one of the kids. We can't replace it and we would never try," he had shared in the same interview.
"But we can honor it. The same way you honor your parents with your work in the world, we are giving everything we have to make sure that 'Good Trouble' honors what went before. Because truthfully, is there any other choice?"
Serving as creators and showrunners are Joanna Johnson, Peter Paige, and Bradley Bredeweg; while Gregory Gugliotta, Christine Sacani, Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina serve as executive producers.
The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc. in association with Freeform. Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) will direct and executive produce the first episode.
Freeform’s growing slate of original scripted dramas includes the mermaid thriller “Siren”; breakout dramedy “The Bold Type”; supernatural drama “Shadowhunters”; fan-favorite “Famous in Love”; and the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.”