Mara Brock Akil’s ‘Forever’ Adds Xosha Roquemore as Series Regular

Actress Xosha Roquemore joins the cast of Forever. The actress is shown at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's 'Colin In Black And White' on October 28, 2021 in Los Angeles, California, United States. — Photo by imagepressagency/Deposit Photos

Netflix is adding to the cast of the upcoming romance drama Forever, with Xosha Roquemore joining as a series regular.

Marvin Lawrence Winans III has also been named as a series regular, the streamer said in a press release Friday.

Barry Shabaka Henley, Ali Gallo, Niles Fitch, Paigion Walker, E’myri Crutchfield have been added in recurring roles.

The actors join previously announced series stars Lovie Simone, Michael Cooper Jr, Wood Harris, and Karen Pittman.

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Set in Los Angeles, the drama comes from Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends, Being Mary Jane), and is an adaptation of Judy Blume’s 1975 young adult novel Forever.

Netflix describes the drama as “an epic love story of two Black teens exploring romance and their identities through the awkward journey of being each other’s firsts.”

Executive Producers include Mara Brock Akil, Judy Blume, Susie Fitzgerald, Erika Harrison, Sara White, Regina King, Reina King, Shana C. Waterman and Anthony Hemingway. Regina King will direct the first episode.

In March, What’s on Netflix reported the series had just started filming.

Below are details on the new cast members and their characters as provided by Netflix.

Xosha Roquemore (Captain America, Cherish the Day) as Shelly – No stranger to hard work and hard knocks, Keisha’s mother Shelly has never had a lot, but has always taken care of her family.

Marvin Lawrence Winans III (Abbott Elementary) as Jaden – He is Justin’s younger, and often annoying, brother, who idolizes his big brother and enjoys any chance he gets to hang with him.

Barry Shabaka Henley (A Star is Born, Bob Hearts Abishola) as George – Laid back and funny, Keisha’s grandfather, George, looks out for his granddaughter, acting as her surrogate father and protector — giving her advice and taking an active interest in her life.

Ali Gallo (Incoming, Unhuman) as Chloe – Self-assured, outgoing, and sometimes immersed in her own self-involved and naïve bubble, Chloe is a popular girl who comes from wealth. She’s Keisha’s best friend and confidante, who always has Keisha’s best interest at heart.

Niles Fitch (This is Us, Atypical) as Darius – Athletic, charming, and focused on girls, Darius is Justin’s assertive best friend who loves to offer what he thinks is sage advice to a more tentative and less confident Justin. But at the end of the day, Darius is loyal and always helping Justin come out of his shell.

Paigion Walker (All American, Rap Sh!t) as Tiffany – Beautiful and stylish, Heather is one of Keisha’s older cousins. Heather loves her new role as mother but still wants to cling onto her old life as much as possible— even if that means leaving for the bathroom to pump during a girls night out.

E’myri Crutchfield (Fargo, Tell me your Secrets) as Tammy – Keisha’s rival on their high school track team that’s confident, cute and athletic. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to regain the number one spot that Keisha stole from her.