Netflix's 'Dear White People' Gets Spring Premiere Date

Emily Aslanian

Netflix announced an April 28 premiere date for upcoming original series Dear White People at a press event on Wednesday in New York City.

The drama, based on the 2014 film with the same name, stars Logan Browning (Powers) and Brandon P. Bell, who is reprising his film role. Justin Simien, who worked on the original film, will helm the series that follows a diverse group of students as they navigate and struggle in a predominantly white Ivy League university.

"I was waiting for someone to call and say, 'Yeah, you can't do any of the things we said you could do,'" Simien joked about working with Netflix on the project. "I was waiting for the rug to be pulled under me."

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Simien also spoke about the thrill of changing the format from a feature film to ten 30-minute episodes."To really see deeply into who these characters are it took a bigger canvas than a movie," Simien said. "I wanted to create something that was specific to streaming."

Each episode is from the point-of-view of a different character, which creates overlap in the stories, building to the final act. "You can't really see the whole unless you see the individual conflicts," Simien says.

Dear White People, Series Premieres, April 28, Netflix