Freshly Fried - February 22, 2019

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Friday means one thing - it time for the latest news from the movie world!  Check out our 'Fryday' fry up:

"Ratnik" Adds Another Dimension to Nollywood Action
From the director of "Hoodrush," "The Quest,"and "Ovy's Voice" comes the superb dystopian action movie, "Ratnik".  Dimeji Ajibola has been working on this project for 2 years and his hard work really shows in the teaser which dropped this week.

Explosions and special effects combine with dark suspense in an exciting glimpse into this unique movie.  The cast is pretty spectacular too - Osas Ighodaro AjibadeBolanle Ninalowo, Meg Otanwa, Ani IyohoKaribi Fubaraand Adunni Ade star.

Speaking about "Ratnik", Ninalowo said "From the moment I read the first scene I said to myself, 'How the hell can anyone achieve this in Nigeria?'.  The shots are ridiculous, the locations are out of this world—I mean, this is Hollywood in Nollywood."

"Ratnik" is yet another example of Nigerian filmmaking pushing the boundaries and showing that innovation in Nollywood is going from strength to strength.  As for plot details and the release date, we've yet to find out more but here's the teaser to see what's in store:

Mo Abudu Honoured by International Academy of Television
The magnificent Mo Abudu has received the Gold Membership Director's Card from the International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences.  The Academy organises the International Emmy Awards and the International Emmy World Television Festival, so this is a prestigious honour for the talented director, philanthropist, and media mogul.

As well as being the founder of EbonyLife Films, Abudu has been listed amongst the 25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV by The Hollywood Reporter, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Babcock University, has received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Women Werk in New York, and has been described by Forbes magazine as "Africa's Most Successful Woman".

In her Instagram post about the Honour received from the IATAS, she said "We will continue to change the narrative and get our stories told."  We have no doubt!  Congratulations Mo Abudu!

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More Details on "4th Republic"
We wrote a little about the upcoming political thriller "4th Republic" at the end of January, when the movie was still being filmed.
Almost a month later, we now have a few more details plus a tentative release and a statement from Kate Henshaw, who stars in the film.

With this year's elections being postponed for a week, there is even more political unrest than usual.  Considering the political climate here, it makes sense that Nigerian filmmakers are commenting on this issue more and more (check out last week's article, where we talked about "Code Wilo", another upcoming political thriller).  

Henshaw says, “"4th Republic" is not just a film right for the election period. I think what is most significant is the message it carries, we need to stand up for the truth and fight for justice. It’s our duty.”

Here is a more detailed synopsis of "4th Republic":
"4th Republic" is the story of Mabel King as she races to become Nigeria’s first female governor but is caught up in a heavily marred election.  Following the election, aspirant King and her idealistic campaign manager, Ike, try to discover what went wrong and seek justice through an election petition tribunal.
Their quest soon becomes a race to find and convince two young witnesses with evidence of violence at the elections to testify in court; before the opposing candidate finds them first."

Looks like "4th Republic" is set to deliver drama and suspense and we don't have long to see for ourselves - the movie will hit select cinemas across Nigeria next month.

Daniel Kaluuya & Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Exciting New Project
Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield have both proven their talent time and time again in front of the camera.  Both were in the award-winning "Get Out", Kaluuya starred in blockbuster "Black Panther," and Stanfield wowed in the quirky "Sorry to Bother You".

  So, it goes without saying that we're thrilled they will be joining each other on the big screen again in Shaka King's "Jesus is my Homeboy".  As well as directing, King also co-wrote the script with Will Berson. Ryan Coogler will also be producing.

"Jesus is my Homeboy" tells the story of the chairman of the Black Panthers in Illinois, Fred Hampton, who due to his involvement in the organisation, became a target for the FBI.  The civil rights activist was eventually killed in a raid which was ordered by the FBI and the Chicago Police Department.

It's still in its very early days - the full cast still hasn't been announced - but of course we'll keep you posted!

Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield in "Get Out", image: Filmserver

"Avatar 2" Update
Na'vi fans have been in a state of excitement since James Cameron announced there will be a sequel to one of the most popluar films of all time, "Avatar".  

Currently simply titled "Avatar 2", the story picks up several years after the first movie ended.  To refresh your memory, Jake Sully had decided to join the Na'vi to be with his beloved Neytiri.  Now, they have an eight year old child together and are dealing with all the emotions and drama of family life.

Cameron shared a few more details in a recent Empire podcast, including "There’s a three-page argument scene between Jake and Neytiri, a marital dispute, very, very critical to the storyline.  I wound up shooting it all from the point of view of the eight year old hiding under the structure and peeking in..." 
He also stated in the interview that while the performance-capture scenes have been completed, there's still 5 months worth of work to be done on the live-action scenes.

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2 Upcoming Musical Biopics Release Trailers
Following the hugely successful "Bohemian Rhapsody", we have 2 more musical biopics coming this year.
Firstly, there's Netflix's "The Dirt", a brutally honest look at the wild 80s rock group, Mötley Crüe, which is set to come out next month.  The film will chronicle the very beginning of the band all the way through the years of drugs and mayhem and notorious partying until everything went downhill.  

Later on in the year will see the release of "Rocketman", starring Taron Egerton as Elton John.  This promises to be more of a musical and less of a close-up biopic of the star.  Egerton will be singing the hits himself, with Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, Jamie Bell, and Stephen Graham co-starring.

"Rocketman" currently has a release date of May 24.

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