John Boyega signs with Netflix to develop African films
Author: Wardah Sempa | Sunday 14th June 2020
John Boyega has signed with Netflix to develop African films! According to Variety, the actor will be focusing on African content and his UpperRoom Productions have signed on to produce non-English films that will focus on West and East Africa.
Currently, three features are included in the multiyear deal, two from Nigeria and one from Egypt. The company stated that the indie production house founded by Boyega “will develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries.”
We're looking forward to seeing more cultural diverse movies on Netflix!
Meanwhile, the "Star Wars" actor recently joined protesters in London's Hyde Park to show his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, delivering a powerful speech and noting he could be risking his career for sharing his views.
"Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something," said Boyega. "We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.”
The actor continued, discussing how "painful" it is to face racial discrimination and explaining that the protests "are a physical representation of" support for George Floyd, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Stephen Lawrence and Mark Duggan -- all victims of racial violence.