Rapman Casts Tosin Cole To Direct Netflix Superhero Drama ‘Supacell’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Created by Netflix’s Rapman Supacell series, about a group of ordinary people who gain superpowers, is top-down starring Tosin Cole (61st street) signed on to play lead character Michael Lasaki. Filming begins Monday in south London.

Addressing Deadline exclusively, blue story Rapman AKA creator Andrew Onwabolu said Cole’s Michael is a “pickup truck driver, everyday worker, who is deeply in love” with Dionne, played by Adelayo Adedayo (The answering machine).

The cast also includes Nadine Mills (The weekend), Eric Kofi Abrefa (blue story, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Calvin Demba (The Rig), Josh Tedeku (Lunar Haven), Rayxia Ojo (Call Midwife) and Giacomo Mancini (Top Boy).

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Commissioned in 2021, the six-part superhero show sees a number of black South Londoners develop superpowers. Rapman is showrunner and lead director and Sebastian Thiel (dreaming while Black) will direct three of the episodes.

Cole’s casting comes at a time when he’s got a lot of heat from roles in Doctor Who and the AMCs 61st street, created by British screenwriter Peter Moffat. Cole will also be seen playing civil rights hero Medgar Evers in director Chinonye Chukwu’s feature Until. Barbara Broccoli is a producer of Until and she also produced the screen adaptation of Debbie Tucker Green’s play ear for eyein which Cole appeared.

Rapman came up with the idea of Supacell before blue story was released in 2019. A year later, he began developing and writing episodes after meeting Anne Mensah, Netflix’s Head of Scripted Content for EMEA/UK.

Although he’s been a lifelong fan of the Marvel and DC superhero genre, he figured “if I had powers, my first thing wouldn’t be to go buy a spandex outfit.”

“I thought, ‘What can I use my powers for to put my family in a better position?'” he added.

“Even though I love Marvel and DC, you know it’s going to work out in the end, but in our story, you just don’t know what’s going to happen because it’s a grounded superpower show. They are heroes, but they are all very flawed.

He described his characters as “ordinary people who wear their everyday clothes and grow over time,” adding, “Put it this way: we have all the powers you can get in Marvel and they come in south London.

Rapman was born and raised in south London and describes himself as a “genuine Nigerian boy who has never lived south of the Thames”.

Rapman put his famous Shiro’s story detective trilogy in South London, but feels the area has a bad reputation with filmmakers. “I love and respect south London and will film as much as I can,” he said, as he began to list the many and varied areas.

To bleed the next generation of talent, Rapman chose what he calls the Supacell Six to follow the editor, cinematographer and other department heads so they can have valuable experience on set.

Jessica Magaye, Ricardo McCleary-Campbell, Saraphina Mattis, Melissa Simon-Hartman, Cleo Young and Micheal Ademilua make up the Supacell Six.

Mark Hedges is Supacell series producer and Sheila Nortley is producer and associate producer of Block2. Geraldine Hawkins is co-producer. Rapman is an executive producer with Anna Ferguson and Steve Searle for Netflix. Mouktar Mohammed of New Wave is also an executive producer; his colleague Henrietta Lee is an associate producer.

Cole is represented by Curtis Brown, Ed Smith at Sherpa, CAA and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.