The ‘Star Wars’ actor is using his influence to start some new projects.
John Boyega signed a deal with Netflix through his production company, UpperRoom Productions, to develop non-English language films that will primarily focus on West and East African countries.
According to Netflix, the plan is to reinforce its investment in African storytelling.
UpperRoom Productions and Netflix will “develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries.”
Boyega said he is very excited to “develop original material” and is proud to work with a company that “shares our vision.”
Netflix has expressed interest in increasing its Africa-based content, and its most recent announcement was its first original scripted series from Nigeria, the untitled Akin Omotoso Project. Other African originals, like Blood & Water and Mama K’s Team 4, will premiere later this year.
David Kosse, Vice President of International Film at Netflix, said, “Africa has a rich history in storytelling” and is excited that the investment in the content will bring “unique African stories to our members both in Africa and around the world.”
Boyega’s next project after appearing in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is Chase Palmer’s Naked Singularity and Netflix’s Rebel Ridge directed by Jeremy Saulnier.