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Left - John Boyega attends the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on 02 February, 2020 in London, England. Right - HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Robert De Niro attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.

John Boyega & Robert De Niro Team Up for Netflix's 'The Formula'

John Boyega and Robert De Niro are set to star in Netflix's epic car race drama, 'The Formula'.

John Boyega and Robert De Niro are reportedly set to star in Netflix's upcoming car race drama The Formula. Written, directed and produced by Gerard McMurray, the film tells the story of a talented Formula One professional racer who becomes a getaway driver instead in order to rescue the only family he has left. The film will be produced by McMurray's Buppie Productions with producer credits shared among De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh.

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Right off the back of Martin Scorsese's 10-times Oscar nominated film The Irishman, De Niro returns to Netflix to take up one of the leading roles alongside Boyega in The Formula. Details around what characters the duo will be playing have not been shared as yet as well as which other performers are set to join the star-led cast. However, with a veteran actor such as De Niro and a tremendously talented young actor in Boyega, the film promises to be a casting dream.

Boyega, best known for his culturally impactful role as Finn in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Stars Wars: The Last Jedi, has had his hands full with a number of projects in the works. Last year, the 28-year-old signed a deal with Netflix to produce a number of non-English films from East and West African countries under his production company, UpperRoom.

More recently, Boyega starred in Alexander McQueen's historical anthology Small Axe which comprises five films (Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Red, White and Blue, Alex Wheatle and Education) exploring stories about Black British culture and experiences. The compelling and admittedly evocative series is currently available for viewing on Amazon Prime Video, according to IndieWire.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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