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Genevieve Nnaji's Directorial Debut 'Lionheart' Has Been Picked Up By Netflix

The film is the first Netflix original to come out of Nigeria.

Ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival tomorrow, Genevieve Nnaji's Lion Heart has been acquired by Netflix. This makes the film, the first Netflix original film to come out of Nigeria's bubbling film industry.

Lionheart is the veteran Nollywood actress' directorial debut, and it's clearly already making a major splash. The film also stars Nnaji in the lead role, alongside Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie and Onyeka Onwenu.

The film sees Nnaji's character trying to juggle family and her thriving career, which proves to be a major challenge as she's faced with rampant sexism in the workplace.


Here's the full synopsis via Netflix:

Running a company can be challenging, especially if you are a female in a male-dominated industry. Looking to prove her worth, Adaeze steps up to the challenge when her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu is forced to take a step back due to health issues. Ironically, he appoints his crude and eccentric brother, Godswill, instead to run the company with his young daughter. Complications arise when they discover that the family business is in dire financial straits and both Adaeze and Godswill try to save the company in their own way to crazy and often hilarious results.

The film's screenplay was writeen by Nnaji, Chinny Onwugbenu, Ishaya Bako, Emil Garuba, and C.J. Obasi

Watch the trailer below. The film will premiere tomorrow at TIFF. Stay tuned for more information on its Netflix release.

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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