Letitia Wright will play the role of Jekesai/Ester in the Young Vic production of Black Panther co-star, and Tony nominated writer Danai Gurira‘s The Convert.
She is cast alongside Paapa Essiedu (RSC Hamlet) who plays Chilford, and Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans) taking on the role of Chancellor.
Further casting includes: Jude Akuwudike (Uncle); Rudolphe Mdlongwa (Tamba); Pam Nomvete (Mai Tamba). The casting of the role of Prudence will be announced at a later date.
Directed by Ola Ince The Convert, set in 1896 in what is modern day Zimbabwe, explores if faith has a cost and if so, when that cost is too much. Jekesai, a young Shona woman fleeing forced marriage finds herself working for devout Catholic priest, Chilford. He relishes the opportunity to shape his new convert but Jekesai’s salvation has a price.