Tracee Ellis Ross to Star in “Daria” Spinoff

Tracee Ellis Ross at the "Late Night" Film Premiere, The Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, May 2019. Photo by John Salangsang/Variety/Shutterstock (10256158bt)

Tracee Ellis Ross is set to star in and executive produce MTV’s forthcoming adult animated series Jodie, a sequel to Daria. Ross will voice the titular character. 

The series will center on Daria’s best friend, Jodie, an African American character from the original series credited with helping to shape a generation of women. The series will follow her as she comes into her own and enters the workplace in her first post-college job in tech. Other former students of Lawndale High will also appear.

“I am thrilled to bring this project to life with MTV, both as executive producer and by voicing Jodie’s character. Being able to give voice to fresh, feminist and unexplored stories of young women excites me,” said Ellis Ross.

“We will feature a diverse cast, comprised mainly of unapologetically smart and ambitious young female characters who are vulnerable and flawed and interesting and funny…

Jodie will be the first adult animated show in almost 20 years that will star a black woman. It will be a smart, funny workplace comedy full of commentary about everything from gentrification to sex to tech to call-out culture.”

Daria ran for five seasons from 1997 to 2002.