CANOGA PARK, Calif.—Industry veteran and AVN Hall of Famer Lexington Steele, fresh off his role as Darth Vader in Axel Braun and Vivid's Star Wars parody, points the lens at four fresh ladies starting their adult video careers in Black Reign 17.

Featuring Coco, Gemini Lovell, Rianna Rimes, Vanessa Monet—all first-timers to the Lexington Steele experience—Black Reign 17 carries on the award winning tradition of the series by showcasing beautiful black women shot in stunning locations while captured in pounding high definition x-rated action.

Black Reign 17 is available Thursday.

"These performers might be new to me, but they know how to move and show their stuff to the camera," Steele said. "The biggest worry of any director is getting someone who's never had sex on camera to pick up on the angles and tricks for the fans at home. As a performer, you're worried that this new girl is going to freeze up and ruin the scene. But this was not the case with Coco, Gemini, Rianna and Vanessa. They were amazing and the fans at home will be in for a real treat."

Steele credits the continued success of the Black Reign series to treating it like a premium product, rather than an afterthought.

"For many companies, ethnic titles are the stepchild of the family—ignored and often marginalized," he added. "I started Mercenary Pictures with the mission of taking ethnic adult entertainment to the same production value as Grade A gonzo titles on the market. With the awards, the acclaim and yes, even the imitators, it's brought all-black movies to the forefront of the industry. But there's only one Black Reign.”