*Courtesy of Deadline.com, here’s your first look at John Boyega in Steve McQueen’s anticipated series “Small Axe,” which will air on Amazon and the BBC later this year.
The anthology drama tells five stories from within London’s West Indian community between the 1960s and 1980s. Boyega’s episode, titled Red, White And Blue, will feature the “Star Wars” actor as Leroy Logan, a real-life Metropolitan Police officer who wanted to change the force from within after witnessing his father assaulted by two cops. Logan was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2001 for his role in developing anti-racist policies for the police. He retired as a superintendent in 2013 after 30 years of service.
Boyega stars alongside Steve Toussaint (Prince of Persia) as well as newcomers Tyrone Huntley, Nathan Vidal and Jaden Oshenye. The episode was co-written by Courttia Newland and McQueen.
Below, the real Leroy Logan is interviewed last fall about the police perspective in regards to youth violence and knife crime.
The other four Small Axe films are titled: Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Alex Wheatle and Education.