According to Variety, Boyega and Wright will join other British stars like Malachi Kirby, Shaun Parkes, Rochenda Sandall, Alex Jennings, and Jack Lowden in the series, which will be directed and executive produced by Steve McQueen.
Small Axe will tell five different stories in six parts, and will be set in London’s West Indian community from the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s.
“Its title is derived from a Jamaican proverb with resonance throughout the Caribbean: ‘If you are the big tree, we are the small axe,'” Variety reports.
“I felt these stories needed to be shared,” said McQueen. “I wanted to relive, reevaluate and investigate the journeys that my parents and the first generation of West Indians went on to deliver me here today calling myself a black British person. What’s important about our stories is that they are local but at the same time global.
“I think audiences will identify with the trials, tribulations and joy of our characters as well as reflecting on the present environment in which we find ourselves,” he said. “The dynamic nature of the series allows us to confront injustice in the face of adversity.”
Filming for the series is already underway in London.
In the meantime, you can catch Boyega in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker when it hits theaters on December 20, 2019.
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