As first reported by Deadline, John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”) is set to team with streaming giant Netflix on developing a slate of non-English language films telling African stories. The series of films will be produced through Boyega’s production company, UpperRoom.
Boyega previously produced the action sci-fi film “Pacific Rim: Uprising” in which he also starred, as well serving as an executive producer on the upcoming British horror “A Spriggan” which is currently in pre-production.
Deadline published the following quote from John Boyega in regards to his newly formed partnership:
“I am thrilled to partner with Netflix to develop a slate of non-English language feature films focused on African stories, and my team and I are excited to develop original material. We are proud to grow this arm of our business with a company that shares our vision.”
Netflix has been increasing its non-English language original content over the past few months, in both series and film form. The success of series such as Germany’s “Dark” and Denmark’s “The Rain” as well as the success of films like “Roma” has encouraged Netflix to continue to expand its library internationally. This next step, in partnership with Boyega, is an effort to focus on African stories that haven’t been as prevalent in the cinematic landscape.
Deadline also published the following quote from David Kosse, Netflix’s VP of International Film:
“Africa has a rich history in storytelling, and for Netflix, this partnership with John and UpperRoom presents an opportunity to further our investment in the continent while bringing unique African stories to our members both in Africa and around the world.”
Boyega shot to fame in 2015 with his performance as Finn in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” winning the BAFTA Rising Star award that year as well as the Empire Award for Best Newcomer. He became a fan favorite in the new trilogy and his talents helped him land a leading role in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” in 2017. He is set to star in Chase Palmer’s “Naked Singularity” later this year.