Stormzy Set To Appear In TV Adaptation Of Malorie Blackman's 'Noughts & Crosses'

Stormzy Set To Appear In TV Adaptation Of Malorie Blackman's 'Noughts & Crosses'

March 21, 2019

Malorie Blackman's modern-day classic novel, Noughts & Crosses, is set to be adapted for television by the BBC with Jay Z's Roc Nation serving as executive producers and also handling the soundtrack.

Originally released in 2001, the story of the book is of a world in which black people form the ruling class (Crosses), with white people forming an oppressed underclass (Noughts) and tells a love story between two characters, one from each side.

Currently being filmed in South Africa, it seems that among the many other ventures he has going on — including #Merky Books and a new album later this year — Stormzy has managed to land a guest role in an episode of the six-part series playing a new character, Kolawale, who is a newspaper editor. The role will be the artist's TV acting debut, of which he commented: "As a diehard fan of Malorie's novels, being a part of this important show is a dream come true."

The writer of the episode has since confirmed that his character was named after her friend Kola Bokinni, who also happens to be the brother of Capital Xtra's Yinka and has appeared in Black Mirror, Hunter Killer alongside Gary Oldman and Gerard Butler, and War Machine with Brad Pitt.

Speaking about Stormzy's inclusion in the project, Malorie Blackman added: "The first time I met Stormzy, he informed me he was a huge fan of my Noughts & Crosses series of books. I'm thrilled he will now be a part of the Noughts & Crosses TV production. It's so exciting!"

Words: Aaron Bishop