Stormzy to play newspaper editor in new BBC drama

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British musician Stormzy has joined the cast of the much anticipated BBC One drama Noughts + Crosses.

The series is an adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s award-winning young adult book series and the BBC said that Stormzy will play newspaper editor Kolawale, a character created for the TV series.

Episodes of the new drama are currently being filmed in South Africa.

"As a diehard fan of Malorie's novels, being a part of this important show is a dream come true”, the BBC quoted the London-born grime artist as saying.

Adaptation: First instalment of Blackman's series of books

Author Malorie Blackman said: "The first time I met Stormzy he informed me he was a huge fan of my Noughts and Crosses series of books. I’m thrilled he will now be a part of the Noughts + Crosses TV production. It's so exciting!”

Executive producer Preethi Mavahalli added: "As an icon of black British culture, we are honoured to have Stormzy play a part in this adaptation of a novel he's such a fan of."

A gripping story of first love in a dangerous, alternate world where racism divides society Bafta Cymru winner Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders, Born to Kill) will play Callum McGregor and newcomer Masali Baduza has been cast as Sephy Hadley. 

Other cast members include Helen Baxendale, Paterson Joseph and Ian Hart.

The series is  is being adapted by Mammoth Screen, which is a part of ITV Studios. International distribution is handled by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

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