*EURweb sat down with some of the stars of NBCUniversal/Peacock TV, new limited series, “Noughts + Crosses.” We spoke with Bonnie Mbuli, Helen Baxendale, Jack Rowan and Masali Baduza.
They discussed what it was like to be involved in such an epic project, with the backdrop of current day politics, Black Lives Matter and the socio economic repercussions of race and racism in society.
“Noughts + Crosses” premieres on Peacock TV today, Friday, September 4, 2020.
Based on the popular series of novels by Malorie Blackman, the show takes place in an alternate reality in which Europe was conquered and enslaved by Africa 700 years ago. In the present day, society is heavily segregated, and power is held by wealthy Black citizens (called “Crosses”). White citizens (called “Noughts”) are poor and oppressed, and regularly subjected to state violence.
“Noughts + Crosses” is not only brilliantly filmed, it is also a story that speaks to the times that we are currently facing; a time of racial reckoning! The series originally aired on BBC One earlier this year and received rave reviews by tv critics and viewers alike.
“Noughts + Crosses” is co-produced by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Participant Media, and includes an award winning writing team led by Toby Whithouse, who created Being Human. It stars Masali Baduza as Sephy Hadley, the daughter of a Cross politician who ultimately falls in love with a Nought, named Callum McGregor, played by Jack Rowan.
Their story unfolds as they fight for their love against all odds. Included in this entanglement, is Bonnie Mbuli, who plays Sephy’s mother, Jasmine Hadley and Helen Baxendale, who plays Maggie McGregor, a “servant” to Jasmine and who also happens to be Callum’s mom.
Adapted from the first book in celebrated British author Malorie Blackman’s award-winning breakthrough YA series, NOUGHTS + CROSSES imagines an alternate universe in which history happened in racial reverse. In this world, Africa – or “Aprica” – invaded Europe centuries ago, enslaving its people. In present-day London, “Albion,” slavery is an institution of the past, but Jim Crow-esque segregation laws maintain the power dynamic: a ruling class of Black “Crosses” control the country’s politics, wealth and culture over an oppressed, impoverished underclass of white “Noughts” who are at the brink of revolt. Against this backdrop, a forbidden love story unfolds.
“Noughts + Crosses,” like movies and shows before it, continues the hope for more diverse stories, more creative collaborations and the hope for a new tomorrow! The Peacock TV adaptation, is based on the first book in the “Noughts and Crosses” series of novels, by author Malorie Blackman OBE, which won the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award among other accolades.
Malorie Blackman hopes “Noughts & Crosses” is seen as part of a wider trend in Black stories being made for the screen. “Now, there’s the realization that diverse stories do make money, like the films ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ — it would once have been much harder to get them off the ground,” she said. “There’s an audience desperate for new content and new voices, and I think a lot of people are waking up to that.”
Make sure to add “Noughts + Crosses” to your streaming TV list! You don’t want to miss it! You can check it out starting today, Friday, September 4, 2020 on NBCUniversal’s new free streaming service: Peacock TV
BLIND ITEM: Singer is Completely Broke
This foreign born former A list singer in a group turned reality star is completely broke and selling off her possessions. She is desperate to get a host/judging job and is willing to hit the casting couch to do it.
Can you guess the former A list singer?
Michael B. Jordan to Adapt ‘Static Shock’ Comic Book for Warner Bros. and DC
*Michael B. Jordan is producing a movie based on the DC and Milestone Comics character Static, popularly known as Static Shock.
Jordan announced the project Friday on Twitter, which he will produce through his Warner Bros.-based Outlier Society production company.
Here’s what Variety says of the plot: “The character is a teen who transforms into a superhero with electromagnetic powers. A “Static Shock” animated series aired on Kids’ WB in the early 2000s and was one of the few superhero series starring a Black character.”
“I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around Black superheroes; our community deserves that,” Jordan said in a statement. “Outlier Society is committed to bringing to life diverse comic book content across all platforms and we are excited to partner with Reggie and Warner Bros. on this initial step.”
— Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) October 17, 2020
Virgil Hawkins, a.k.a. Static Shock, was created by Milestone Media and DC Comics in the 1990s. Jordan will produce a movie adaptation of the comic book, which was unveiled by Reginald Hudlin during August’s DC FanDome.
“One of the things we’re really excited about, we really want to live up to the name of the company, Milestone Media,” said Hudlin. “When we spoke to Jim [Lee] about reviving the Milestone line, we said ‘Look, we all know this has been a hit comic book and hit animated series. It’s time to expand back into all those areas and then some.’ So we’re in serious conversations about, as we’re launching the comic book series, developing the ‘Static Shock’ movie. That will be a theatrical feature film.”
During the DC FanDome panel where the film’s development was announced, Phil LaMarr, who voiced Static on the animated series in the early 2000s, said, “Virgil is what I always wanted as a comic book kid growing up: Black Spider-Man. A good story can make you live it, feel it, and when it does, it resonates on a whole other level….It touched on archetypes as a comic fan that I loved, but also touched on my life as a Black man in the real world.”
Jordan will next appear in the thriller “Without Remorse,” scheduled to be released next year.
Netflix Launches ‘Build Your Dreams Week’ to Celebrate the Release of OVER THE MOON
*Join host Tia Mowry (Family Reunion) for “Build Your Dreams Week”, a series of at-home activities the whole family can enjoy, starts October 19th on OvertheMoonNetflix.com to celebrate the launch of Netflix’s newest animated feature film event Over the Moon, releasing globally (ex. China) on October 23rd.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19th – Creating Characters with Director Glen Keane
Animation legend and Over the Moon director Glen Keane will teach
aspiring artists how to draw their favorite characters – Fei Fei, Gobi, and the Lunettes! – from Over the Moon.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20th – Serenade the Moon with Phillipa Soo and Cathy Ang
Join Over the Moon stars Cathy Ang (Fei Fei) and Phillipa Soo (Chang’e) for a singing lesson that is out of this world! The stars will take you through an intergalactic-themed warm up, and Cathy will help teach all aspiring vocalists how to sing “Rocket to the Moon.”
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21st – Build a Rocket to the Moon with Cathy Ang and Toys & Colors
Over the Moon star Cathy Ang takes our fans through the step-by-step instructions for how to build a rocket using ordinary household items, and then we see them soar!
Items Needed for the Tutorial:
- 4.75” x 17 .9” Styrofoam Cone
- 16.9oz Plastic Soda Bottle Foamboard
- Duct Tape
- Washi Tape (Optional)
- Tissue Paper
- Baking Soda
- Box Cutter
- Sharpie or Pen
- Decorative items (markers, stickers, glitter)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22nd – What’s Your Story with Ken Jeong, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Glen Keane
In partnership with Young Storytellers, Over the Moon cast members, Ken Jeong and Ruthie Ann Miles perform a virtual table read of a ‘moon’ inspired story, written by a bright young storyteller. Director Glen Keane, joins our young storyteller to have a fun discussion on finding creative inspiration.
Young Storytellers is an arts education non-profit primarily serving elementary, middle, and high school students in Southern California. By connecting adult mentors with students Young Storytellers is able to provide kids with one-on-one creative writing time on a weekly basis. Writing programs focus on multiple programs such as stage writing, developing monologues, building stories that explore issues and social impact, and more.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23rd – A Rocket-Fueled Pajama Viewing Party
The week caps off with the world’s largest ever family pajama viewing party for Over the Moon!
To join in the fun, please visit OvertheMoonNetflix.com to view the events, and download activity sheets, and more!
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