Daniel Kaluuya is set to star in Netflix’s YA feature ‘The Upper World’, he will also be in the producer’s chair.
Kaluuya will play Esso who is caught in a deadly feud and on the verge of expulsion when he realizes he has an unexpected gift: access to a world where he can see glimpses of the past and the future. A generation away, Rhia is walking to football practice in 2035, unaware that the mysterious stranger she’s about to meet desperately needs her help to avert a bullet fired 15 years ago.
Based on the YA fantasy novel from Femi Fadugba, the book is part of a series which are due for release in 2021 and 2022.
“When I was at university, I wrote a quantum physics paper that got published in the same journal that Einstein shared many of his famous ideas in. It led to me receiving a national award and the unforgettable opportunity to make a speech at the House of Commons,” Fadugba said in a statement, recalling his inspirations for the story.
“On the same night as the speech, I came home to Peckham, where blue and white tape fenced off a crime scene on the estate. A kid had been stabbed. He was 15, tops,” Fadugba went on. “A 20-minute bus ride was all that separated those two completely different worlds. But throughout my life, I’ve also lived in places like Kigali, Somerset, Oxford and Philadelphia, which has always made me wonder: how do I reconcile these contrasting environments I grew up in with each other? And how do I make some of the tough questions in life ‘add up’ the way they do in these equations?” he continued.
Kaluuya will next be seen in ‘Judas and the Black Messiah.