Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris and Gugu Mbatha-Raw will be starring in Farming, a story based on the life of Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
The film, which Adewale has written the script for and will make his directorial debut with the project, is based on his youth when he was fostered by a white family in England, which during the 1960’s – 1980’s, Nigerian children were farmed out to white working class families in the UK and were in private foster care many of them were never registered with social services, making them invisible to the authorities. Growing up in white communities across the country these children lost their cultural identity and many were never reunited with their parents.
Damson Idris will be playing the lead role of Enitan, a young Nigerian boy ‘farmed out’ by his parents to a white British family in hopes of giving them a better future. Instead, he grows up to become the feared leader of a white skinhead gang in 1980’s England. Kate Beckinsale will be playing the role of his foster mother, a stern, hard-loving and at time self-serving woman who takes huge pride in her foster children while unable to provide them with the emotional support they crave. When all seems lost and Enitan spirals into self-destruction, a benevolent teacher offers him one last chance at redemption. Gugu Mbatha-Raw will be playing the role of the teacher.
Speaking about the announcement, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje said:
I’m thrilled to be finally bringing this important story to the world which will serve as the voice of a forgotten generation.
Michael London and Janice Williams will be serving as producers on the project alongside Francois Ivernel, Charles de Rosen, Miranda Ballesteros and Akinnuoye-Agbaje.