Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris To Star In Writer/ Director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s ‘Farming’ Drama

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris To Star In Writer/ Director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s ‘Farming’ Drama
Posted by Wilson Morales

May 5, 2017

Source: Variety

According to Variety, Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Damson Idris have landed starring roles in Nigerian-British writer and director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s “Farming,” which is based on his autobiographical story.

The script was developed in the Sundance Film Institute and chronicles Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s own coming-of-age story growing up fostered by a white working class family in the U.K.

Idris, star of John Singelton’s upcoming FX series “Snowfall,” will play the lead. Beckinsale will portray his foster mother, a stern, hard-loving, and, at times, self-serving woman.

Michael London and Janice Williams, who teamed on “Trumbo,” are producing through Groundswell Productions together with Francois Ivernel (“The Queen”) through Montebello Productions, Charles de Rosen, Miranda Ballesteros, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. HanWay Films is handling international sales and distribution and is selling the film in Cannes. WME Global is overseeing the U.S. sale.

The sites states that “during the 1960s and 1980s, tens of thousands of Nigerian children were farmed out to white working class families in the U.K. But as they were in private foster care, many of them were never registered with social services, making them invisible to the authorities. Many were never reunited with their birth parents.”

In the film, the lead character is sent to the U.K. by his parents in hopes of achieving a better life. Instead, he becomes the feared leader of a white skinhead gang in 1980s England. When all seems lost and he spirals into self-destruction, a benevolent teacher (played by Mbatha-Raw) offers him one last chance at redemption.

“I’m thrilled to be finally bringing this important story to the world, which will serve as the voice of a forgotten generation,” says Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje is best known for his roles in The Mummy Returns, The Bourne Identity, Lost, and as Simon Adebisi on HBO’s Oz. His more recent roles include the NFL biopic drama Concussion and Suicide Squad, both opposite Will Smith.

Shooting on “Farming” is schedule to start this August in the U.K. and Nigeria.


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