John Boyega to exec produce Cape Town feature
Star Wars actor John Boyega is set to produce a crime feature set in the Cape Flats region of Cape Town in South Africa.
God Is Good is being written and directed by South African filmmaker Willem Grobler.
The story follows the conflict between a pastor and a city detective as they respond to an act of violence committed by a young gang lieutenant whose local profile is on the rise.
Boyega is an executive producer on the film and will work with producer Josephine Rose of UK production company Bandit Country. In addition, Boyega will supervise the soundtrack through the UpperRoom Records label he has set up with Yara Shaikh and Stefan Wade.
“I’m thrilled to be teaming once again with Josephine Rose on such a powerful and important story that explores themes of fathers and fatherhood, toxic masculinity, race and faith in a community that has become trapped in an unending cycle of violence and racial oppression, and where sometimes it seems for men that violence is the only way of achieving power," said Boyega.
“Willem has written a superb screenplay and we are looking forward to working with him to realize the vision behind it."
Boyega rose to fame through his co-starring role in the new Star Wars trilogy and is currently filming Episode IX with director JJ Abrams. The actor is also establishing himself as a producer, with credits on Pacific Rim: Uprising and upcoming horror movie A Spriggan.
Cape Town is a southern hemisphere production hub. High-profile features to have shot locally in the last couple of years have included Roar Uthaug’s Tomb Raider reboot that used Cape Town Film Studios as a production base.
Paul WS Anderson’s film of videogame franchise Monster Hunter shot in South Africa late last year.
See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in South Africa.
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