TIFF: Netflix acquires Lionheart ahead of Toronto premiere
James R | On 08, Sep 2018
Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Lionheart.
The directorial debut of Genevieve Nnaji will have its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival today. Before it is screened to the world for the first time, though, the streaming giant has already pounced and made the movie its first Nigerian Original movie.
Running a company can be challenging, especially if you are a female in a male-dominated industry. Looking to prove her worth, Adaeze steps up to the challenge when her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu is forced to take a step back due to health issues. Ironically, he appoints his crude and eccentric brother, Godswill, instead to run the company with his young daughter. Complications arise when they discover that the family business is in dire financial straits and both Adaeze and Godswill try to save the company in their own way to crazy and often hilarious results.
Nnaji wrote the script alongside Chinny Onwugbenu, Ishaya Bako, Emil Garuba and C.J. Obasi, and also stars in the movie, opposite Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu. The film is produced by T.E.N. – The Entertainment Network – and will be released globally by Netflix at an unconfirmed date.
Lionheart is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £9.99 monthly subscription.