Eighteen-year-old Ghanaian actor and newcomer Abraham Attah made a big impression when he starred alongside Idris Elba in Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation, scoring an Independent Spirit Award for his role. It was a moving performance from the young actor, even though the movie was entirely snubbed by the Oscars in 2016.
Since then, Attah hasn’t been involved in any major movie work. But that’s about to change with the Tazmanian Devil, a coming-of-age tale and debut feature film from Nigerian-American filmmaker Solomon Onita Jnr. Attah is joined by Adepero Oduye (When They See Us, Pariah), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (The Chi, Queen of Katwe), and Kwesi Boakye (Claws, Flight)
Tazmanian Devil follows 19-year-old Nigerian immigrant (Attah) who, after moving to the US, struggles to bond with his estranged father (Mwine) who abandoned him and his mother (Oduye), in Nigeria, to chase his own calling of becoming a missionary. When he finds acceptance in his process of joining a college fraternity, its challenged by his strict and religious father, leaving him searching for his own moral ground.
Interestingly, the movie is produced by American rapper Birdman of Cash Money Films. No release date has been announced yet but the movie is currently in post-production.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.