Ashley Walters (Bulletproof, Sugarhouse) and Kane Robinson will return to star in Netflix’s new Top Boy series.
The original show aired on Channel 4 back in 2011, before being cancelled in 2013. Since then, it has gone on to win fans internationally, with both seasons available globally on Netflix. Now, the streaming giant is officially bringing it back, with 10 new episodes.
They will see Walters and Robinson reprise their roles as ‘Dushane’ and ‘Sully’, joined by newcomer Micheal Ward as ‘Jamie’ (The A List, Blue Story). The series features musical artists Simbi Ajikawo ‘Little Simz’, David Omoregie ‘Dave’. Shone Romulus (Out) returns as ‘Dris’ and Ashley Thomas (24: Legacy, The Night Of, Black Mirror) returns as ‘Jermaine’. New cast members include Lisa Dwan (Trust), Jasmine Jobson (Lie Low, Obey), Kadeem Ramsay (Sex Education, Blue Story), Saffron Hocking (London Kills, White Gold), Kola Bokinni (Hunter, Killer, Black Mirror) and Hope Ikpoku.
The new run is written by Top Boy’s original creator, Ronan Bennett, with Daniel West also on board as writer. The series is executive produced by the original creative team — Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind (for Cowboy Films), Bennett (for Easter Partisan) and Yann Demange. The new installment is executive produced by multi-faceted entertainer and producer Drake and his business partner Adel “Future” Nur, along with Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson for SpringHill Entertainment.
Speaking of his inspiration behind the show, creator and writer Ronan Bennett shares: “10 years ago, I witnessed a 10-year-old boy dealing drugs outside my local supermarket. It made me question what was going on in my own community and led me to create Top Boy.”
Series veteran Ashley Walters adds: “Top Boy is a raw, real representation of street culture. It explores how these characters came to make the choices they make, and gives the audience a behind-the-scenes look as to what is happening on our streets today. It needs to be talked about and the show doesn’t shy away from giving us the platform to tell our story. We can’t change things if we do not acknowledge it and understand it first. Netflix is the perfect platform for this show, there aren’t many networks who would be brave enough to keep it this real.”
The new episodes pick up as Dushane (Ashley Walters) returns from exile to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market. He teams up with Sully (Kane Robinson), his spiritual brother, partner and sometime rival who is also returning to the same streets after his own form of exile – prison – comes to an end. Awaiting them both is Jamie (Micheal Ward), the young, hungry and ruthless gang leader whose ambitions leave no place for Dushane and Sully.
Top Boy is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men), Nia DaCosta (Candyman, Little Woods), Aneil Karia (Pure, Lovesick) and Brady Hood (Endeavour). The series features original music by Brian Eno and additional music by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante. It will premiere on Netflix this autumn.
Netflix is bringing back Top Boy
9th November 2017
Netflix is bringing back Top Boy several years after it was cancelled.
The first series of the Channel 4 drama premiered back in 2011, with Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson starring in a four-episode tale of drugs and crime on a public housing estate in East London. In 2013, it returned for a second run of four episodes, but, despite an unresolved cliffhanger, Channel 4 never commissioned a third, leaving fans wondering what would happen to the characters. Now, Netflix is going to provide the answer.
Both seasons are on Netflix UK, which is where Canadian rapper and actor Drake discovered the show in 2014. Posting on Instagram about the programme – “Real bod man #Dushane” – his passion for the project led to long-running rumours about a possible revival of the show, as audiences across the pond also discovered it. Now, Netflix has confirmed that the series is returning:
Several months ago, @Drake came to us with a passion to help bring #TopBoy back to life, with the original creative team.
The new installment will be executive produced by Drake and his business partner, Adel “Future” Nur, along with Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson for SpringHill Entertainment. Cconsisting of 10 all-new episodes, it be written by the show’s creator, Ronan Bennett, and executive produced by the original creative team – Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind (for Cowboy Films), Ronan Bennett (for Easter Partisan) and Yann Demange.
The new episodes pick up as Dushane (Ashley Walters) returns to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market. He teams up with Sully (Kane Robinson), his spiritual brother, partner, and sometime rival who is also returning to the same streets. Awaiting them both is Jamie, the young, hungry and ruthless gang leader whose ambitions leave no place for either.
“I am delighted to be reunited once more with the Top Boy team – our wonderful cast and my partners at Cowboy Films – and to have Drake and SpringHill as new collaborators,” says Bennett. “And I could not be prouder to be doing the show with Netflix.”
“We couldn’t be more excited for Netflix members around the world and a new generation of fans to discover the authentic, raw and real world of Top Boy,” ads Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix. “Drake came to us several months ago with a passion to help bring this series back to life, and we’re thrilled to support the original creative team to do just that.”
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