Thursday, May 23, 2024

John Boyega to Produce South African-set Crime Thriller ‘God Is Good’

*“Star Wars” star John Boyega will reportedly executive produce the South African crime-thriller “God Is Good,” which is being described by producers as in the vein of “Prisoners” and City Of God,” according to Deadline. The actor is also launching a record label, UpperRoom Records, to oversee the film’s soundtrack.

Deadline breaks down the plot:

Set in Cape Town’s Cape Flats, the English-language film will follow a reformed gangster-turned-pastor and a volatile detective who cross paths after an act of brutal violence sets them on collision course with a heinous gang lieutenant.

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John Boyega with the award for Best Male Newcome in the winners room at the Jameson Empire Awards 2016 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 20, 2016 in London, England.
John Boyega with the award for Best Male Newcome in the winners room at the Jameson Empire Awards 2016 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 20, 2016 in London, England.

The film is written and to be directed by first-time South African feature filmmaker Willem Grobler.  Boyega’s newly formed UpperRoom Records will oversee the soundtrack, which will feature emerging South African rapper YoungstaCPT who himself grew up in the Cape Flats.

Boyega had this to say about the  project, “I’m thrilled to be teaming once again with Josephine Rose on such a powerful and important story that explores themes of fathers and fatherhood, toxic masculinity, race and faith in a community that has become trapped in an unending cycle of violence and racial oppression, and where sometimes it seems for men that violence is the only way of achieving power.

“Willem has written a superb screenplay and we are looking forward to working with him to realise the vision behind it,” he continued. “Josephine, Yara, Stefan and I also all share a passion for music and this film enables us to work with local talent in South Africa to find those voices and help put them on the international stage by also bringing on internationally renowned Afro beats artists. The team will work with artists across the continent of Africa to create a soundtrack that represents and gives voice to the incredible range of music talent and sound that the continent produces.”

Casting discussions are underway with the shoot planned for spring of this year.

 

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