A year ago, news broke that British-Nigerian actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in, write and direct the film adaptation of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The movie, which is set to be the Oscar-nominated actor's directorial debut, has now been picked up by Netflix for global distribution.
The semi-autobiographical book by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer tells the story of how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village, bringing electricity and a future to his family. Production went underway a year ago in Malawi.
The highly anticipated drama, which began production a year ago in Malawi, will follow the amazing and inspiring story of the 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (played by Maxwell Simba). Chiwetel Ejiofor plays William's father, Tyrell Kamkwamba.
"William’s story represents, what has to be, the future in countries like Malawi: developing countries, overflowing with beauty and harboring enormous potential.
A global story, such as this, requires a global platform and I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix on bringing William’s extraordinary tale of determination and inventiveness to audiences worldwide."
In addition to Ejiofor and Simba, the cast features: Tony-nominated actress, Noma Dumezweni (Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child); Aissa Maiga (Anything for Alice); Joseph Marcell (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air); and Lemogang Tsipa (Eye in the Sky).
We can already hear the Oscar buzz!