Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY has acquired inner-city UK crime drama Honeytrap.
Based on a real 2009 crime, the debut feature from director/writer Rebecca Johnson follows 15-year old Layla, newly transplanted from Trinidad to Brixton, as she navigates between gang culture, power, bullying, sex, romance and betrayal. Jessica Sula of Freeform’s now cancelled Recovery Road stars as Layla with Scream Queens‘Lucien Laviscount, Guardians of The Galaxy‘sNaomi Ryan and Leave To Remain‘s Ntonga Mwanza also in the cast. Honeytrap will get a limited release in September.
The Walking Dead actor Lennie James is set to join the Blade Runner sequel starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.
Directed by Sicario helmer Denis Villeneuve, the film also stars Robin Wright and Mackenzie Davis. Cinematographer Roger Deakins will reunite with Villeneuve on the project. James has been a British TV staple and is now best known as Morgan on AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead. On the film side, he most recently portrayed James Brown’s father, Joseph Gardner Brown, in the biopic Get on Up.
Sky has hired BBC comedy commissioner Tilusha Ghelani as part of its latest push into comedy. Ghelani has joined as commissioning editor, comedy and will work across Sky’s portfolio of channels including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, and Sky Arts, as well as its on-demand service.
The BFI's Black Star season highlights will include Boys N the Hood and In the Heat of the Night back on screens across the UK, a Desmond’s reunion event and a BFI London Film Festival global symposium event examining on-screen representation.
Nicole Albarelli’s debut feature, starring Ed Hayter, Freddie Thorp, Adam Deacon and Diana Vickers, will premiere at the British Urban Film Festival in September.
In To Dream, Ed Hayter and Freddie Thorp star as two self-destructive teenagers who won’t let anything come between their friendship and their ultimate plan. But when dysfunctional family life becomes intolerable, loyalty leads one to make a choice that will change their lives forever. Adam Deacon (Anuvahood) and previous X-Factor finalist Diana Vickers also star in the Neo-noir drama from first-time director Nicole Albarelli, born in Baltimore but now residing in London. The movie marks the screen debut of Freddie Thorp who has just completed filming for upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Overdrive, starring alongside Sean Eastwood, son of actor Clint Eastwood. To Dream also marks Adam Deacon's return to the big screen after a 2 year hiatus. Deacon won the BAFTA rising star award in 2012. Watch the teaser-trailer below.
Second Star is taking the heat out of hunting for a flatmate with a TX pilot commissioned by E4 which will see Charlie Sloth pick the perfect person to move in to a house share.
Nine million people across the UK rent and with 50% of young people renting as opposed to buying. Property… Boom! (working title) is the property show for tenants not buyers. Radio 1 and 1Xtra presenter (and self-professed ‘best looking fat man in the universe’), Sloth will use his extensive property knowledge to show that renters can live the property dream and snag a great pad without having to buy.
Luther star Nikki Amuka-Bird and Hollow Crown actor Phoebe Fox are set to star in the BBC adaptation of Zadie Smith novel NW.
The two actors have begun filming the BBC2 drama based on Smith's bestselling book, a story of two friends who grew up together in north west London but now live very different lives. The 90-minute drama is directed by Saul Dibb, director of The Duchess starring Kiera Knightley. Amuka-Bird, best known for playing DC Erin Gray opposite Idris Elba in BBC1 drama Luther, will play Natalie, while Fox will play her longest friend Leah.
The project will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni and del Toro will produce the action-adventure film along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions outfit. Cale Boyter will serve as the pic’s executive producer. Universal Pictures is distributing the movie around the world with the exception of China.