Ghanaian actors, Abraham Attah and Kwesi Boakye have been casted to play lead roles in upcoming movie ‘‘Tasmanian Devil.’
The movie is a debut from film maker Solomon Onita Jnr.
Adepero Oduye (Central Park Five and Pariah) and Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (The Chi, Queen of Katwe) are also co-stars of the movie.
It follows a 19-year-old Nigerian immigrant (Attah) who, after moving to the US, struggles to bond with his estranged father (Mwine) who abandoned him and his mother (Oduye), in Nigeria, to chase his own calling of becoming a missionary. When he finds acceptance in his process of joining a college fraternity, its challenged by his strict and religious father, leaving him searching for his own moral ground.
Tricia Woodgett of TigerEye Films is producing the project, while Benny Boom (All Eyez On Me) and Gerald Rawles (Next Day Air) will serve as executive producers.
Boakye is already considered a veteran in the industry with over a decade of impressive credits, known for his incredible talent and ability to morph into multiple characters, at such a young age.
Holding his own with notable A-List stars on screen like Taraji P. Henson, Boakye first charmed America’s heart as Manny in Tyler Perry’s #1 blockbuster hit film ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself.’ Hollywood has been buzzing over his lead role in the film “Sketch”, depicting a non-verbal autistic kid struggling with expressing himself to the outside world.
No stranger to the small screen, Boakye has starred in a plethora of hit television shows like TNT’s Murder In The First with Taye Diggs, ABC’s Mind Games, Touch, The Mentalist, Hawaii Five-O, Southland, Community, and the series regular role on Ray Romano’s ‘Men of a Certain Age’ which garnered him a critics Peabody Award.
A premiere voice over talent, Boakye voiced multiple memorable characters in marquee animated shows such as; Cartoon Network’s Emmy Award winning show, The Amazing World of Gumball as Darwin, the iconic Looney Tunes Show as Gossamer and many more.
Abraham Attah gained international prominence playing lead role alongside Idris Elba in the movie Beasts of No Nation directed by Emmy Award-winning Cary Fukunaga.
Playing the character ‘Agu’ who when civil war tears his family apart, is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transformed into a child soldier earned Attah praise around the world.
He won Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at Venice Film Festival 2015, ‘Best Male Lead’ award at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards, and also Rising Star Award’ at the Black Fim Critics Circle (BFCC). The award scheme called Attah’s role as “one of the strongest and most phenomenal we have ever seen” and added that he had “a very bright future ahead of him”.
The movie was based on the 2005 novel of the same title by Uzodinma Iweala. Shoot in Ghana, it starred Ama K. Abebrese, Fred Amugi and Grace Nortey.
The movie was the first fictional feature produced and distributed by Streaming Service Netflix.