British Rapper Stormzy is looking to jump into the acting scene. The grime artist responsible for singles like ‘That’s Not Me’ & ‘Shutup’ will be joining the Jay-Z & BBC produced TV drama ‘Noughts & Crosses’ based on the award-winning novels by Malorie Blackman.
The grime artist will play newspaper editor Kolawale, a character created for the TV drama, which is being produced by Poldark banner Mammoth Screen for the BBC, with Participant Media and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation exec producing.
“As a diehard fan of Malorie’s novels, being a part of this important show is a dream come true,” said Stormzy, whose debut album Gang Signs & Prayer became the first grime record to reach number one on the U.K. album charts.
The series will follow two young people split in a society divided by colour. In this alternate reality, the ruling class of people are of African descent and white people suffer discrimination and prejudice. Jack Rowan from Peaky Blinders will play Callum McGregor and newcomer Masali Baduza has been cast as Sephy Hadley.
While there is no release date for the series yet, production and casting seems to be moving along nicely, indicating that this project is a top priority for both Roc Nation and BBC.