Netflix has just confirmed its plans to revive gritty British drama Top Boy for a third season over the next two years – all thanks to "a passion" expressed by long-term fan Drake. The Canadian rapper will serve as both the executive producer and music supervisor with his business partner Adel 'Future' Nur for 10 new episodes to be aired in 2019.
The hard-hitting drama, centred around the lives of London drug dealers and street gangs, first hit our screens in 2011, running for two series on Channel 4 before it ended in 2013. In 2014, Drake declared his love for the show, sharing an image of its main character Dushane (Ashley Walters) on Instagram – with the caption "Top bod man."
Earlier in the year, these plans had developed and it was announced he had bought the rights to the show and that Netflix was planning on making two more series. And this week, it was officially revealed that the streaming service would premiere the third season of Top Boy in 2019, with the show's "original creative team."
And so, in 2019, we’re going back to the Summerhouse Estate for an all-new chapter of @TopBoyNetflix.— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) November 8, 2017
Ronan Bennet will pen the script and produce the new series with Yann Demange (a frontrunner to direct the new Bond), along with Drake, Future and LeBron James' SpringHill Entertainment.
The third season will pick up as Dushane returns from exile to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He teams with Sully, played by Kane "Kano" Robinson, his spiritual brother, partner and sometime rival – who is also returning to the same streets after being released from prison.
So after years of speculation and anticipation I can finally reveal that we have managed to secure a brand new home for the new season of TOPBOY! In all honesty I'm more happy for you guys than myself.— Ashley Walters (@AshleyWalters82) November 8, 2017
"We're going back to Summerhouse. @TopBoyNetflix 2019 pic.twitter.com/i2WoNPCwfy
Drake said he first found the original series on YouTube, claiming its "human element drew me in" and Netflix noted that it was his passion for the series that "drove its resurrection."
While some fans are "gassed" at the news, others think Drake could ruin the integrity of the show by making a small cameo as a "Turkish connec from Wood Green" or something similar. One Tweeter even claims the rapper may be using the show to "learn even more London slang to include on his next record." Sick burn.