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China Anne McClain Says Uma Helped Her Prepare for 'Black Lightning' Role

China Anne McClain Says Uma Helped Her Prepare for 'Black Lightning' Role

China Anne McClain won our hearts all over again as Uma in Descendants 2, which premiered last weekend.

The actress, who may or may not return for a third movie (should there be one), admitted that playing Uma helped her in her new series, Black Lightning.

“Uma definitely helped me tap into that same energy because to play a villain and it’s on the opposite side of the coin, you need that power, you need that same energy,” she told J-14 about how the two roles connected for her.

China adds, “[Uma] for sure helped, and it’s just really cool to be able to play a superhero over here and a supervillain over there. I’m so excited!”

Black Lighting will premiere in 2018 on The CW.

China Anne McClain Previews Her New Show 'Black Lightning': 'It's Literally Lit'

China Anne McClain Previews Her New Show 'Black Lightning': 'It's Literally Lit'

China Anne McClain is having a moment right now — and JJJ is here for it!

On top of celebrating the success of Descendants 2, where she plays Uma, China is also out promoting her new CW show, Black Lightning, at 2017 Comic-Con.

“This show is literally lit,” she told ET at the even over the weekend.

China and Nafessa Williams will star as sisters Jennifer and Anissa Pierce, the daughters of the show’s title character, played by Cress Williams.


“Oh God, it’s amazing. It’s inspiring,” China shared of being able to represent the black community on screen.

She continues, “It’s great that we are at that place, you know, in the world to be able to do that and people can accept it, and think that it’s great and relate to it. So, we’re all honored.”

Nafessa adds, “Our goal is just to serve hope that we can make a change within our country and within our communities and that’s what Black Lightning is.”

Black Lighting will premiere in 2018.

China Anne McClain Joins 'Black Lightning' Cast at Comic-Con

China Anne McClain Joins 'Black Lightning' Cast at Comic-Con

China Anne McClain strikes a fierce pose as she arrives at the 2017 Comic-Con on Saturday afternoon (July 22) in San Diego, Calif.

The 18-year-old actress was joined at the event by her Black Lightning co-stars Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, and Christine Adams to promote their upcoming new superhero show.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of China Anne McClain

Joining the cast of Black Lightning at Comic-Con was the stars of Legends of Tomorrow.

The cast – Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Ciara Renee, and Franz Drameh – attended the event to spill details on season three of their hit show.

Season three of Legends of Tomorrow will premiere on Tuesday, October 10 while Black Lightning is set to premiere on The CW in early 2018.

15+ pictures inside of the stars at Comic-Con

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'Riverdale', 'Arrow', 'Flash' Returning For Comic-Con 2017 - Full CW Show Schedule!

'Riverdale', 'Arrow', 'Flash' Returning For Comic-Con 2017 - Full CW Show Schedule!

2017 Comic-Con is going to be such a blast this year and it’s definitely because all your favorite CW shows will be there!

Next month, our fave staple shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Riverdale will return for panels, alongside Supernatural, Supergirl, and iZombie.

China Anne McClain‘s new series, Black Lightning will be making its’ debut at the annual convention, and it will be bringing along a special screening of the premiere ep!

“We are also bringing some interesting stuff for you guys to see…” China teased on her Instagram.

Check out the full schedule of the CW shows inside now!

China McClain Hopes 'Descendants' Fans Love Her New Show 'Black Lightning' Too

China McClain Hopes 'Descendants' Fans Love Her New Show 'Black Lightning' Too

China Anne McClain has a lot of exciting projects coming up!

Not only is she starring in the highly-anticipated Descendants sequel this summer, but she’s also the star of a new CW show titled Black Lightning.

The series is based on the DC comic about a superhero who hangs his hat to become the principal of a charter high school.

His daughters (one of them being China) also have powers and sort of get him back into fighting crime and saving the world.

We recently caught up with China and she’s pumped for Descendants fans to check out her new show too.

“I’m so excited,” she told JJJ. “It’s kind of the same field. It’s a fantastical world. I think they are going to love it.”

Descendants 2 premieres July 21 on Disney Channel and Black Lightning will debut mid-season on The CW.

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The CW Drops First Look Trailers For New 2017 Shows - Watch Here!

The CW Drops First Look Trailers For New 2017 Shows - Watch Here!

We don’t know about you, but we’re excited about all the new shows coming to The CW.

The network just dropped its first look trailers for Lucy Hale‘s new series Life Sentence, Cress Williams‘ DC show Black Lightning, the military drama Valor, and the highly-anticipated reboot of the 80s soap Dynasty, starring Elizabeth Gillies.

The promos were shown during The CW Upfronts presentation on Thursday (May 18) in New York City.

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China Anne McClain Brings 'Black Lightning' To New York City

China Anne McClain Brings 'Black Lightning' To New York City

China Anne McClain and her on-screen sister Nafessa Williams look so chic at the CW Upfronts this morning in New York City.

The two actresses star in Black Lightning, which will debut midseason on the network.

The series centers on Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), the hero who he hung up his suit and his secret identity years ago.

But with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante — Black Lightning.

Check out the first-look trailer below!

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