Grime artist Stormzy has been cast in BBC One’s adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s dystopian novel, Noughts + Crosses.
The British musician will play newspaper editor Kolawale, a new role created for the six-part series.
Adapted for screen by Toby Whithouse (Being Human), Noughts + Crosses is set in an alternate reality where society is segregated by race, with a white underclass called ‘Noughts’ and a black ruling class called ‘Crosses.’
Stormzy will appear alongside Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders) and newcomer Masali Baduza, who play star-crossed lovers Callum (a Nought) and Sephy (a Cross).
“As a diehard fan of Malorie’s novels, being a part of this important show is a dream come true,” commented Stormzy on his new role.
Malorie Blackman added that “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!”
Also joining the cast is Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet), Paterson Joseph (Timeless) and Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).
Produced by Mammoth Screen, Noughts + Crosses is currently being filmed in South Africa.