Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ is heading to Netflix

Streaming giant Netflix is constantly proving why it’s the most dominant player in the streaming market, still expanding and updating its content library with original programming. According to Variety, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind has been picked up by Netflix. Ejiofor wrote the script adapted from the William Kamkwamba bestselling novel of the same, originally published in 2009.

The movie is based on a true story and follows 13-year-old protagonist William (played by newcomer Maxwell Simba). Unable to afford school fees, he finds a way of using the parts of a bicycle belonging to his father Trywell (played by Ejiofor) to build a windmill in a bid to save his village in Malawi from famine. “A global story such as this requires a global platform and I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix on bringing William’s extraordinarily tale of determination and inventiveness to audiences worldwide,” he said.

The film will launch in 2019 on Netflix and in select cinemas in the U.S. and U.K. “We need this kind of story now more than ever and we are excited to continue with Netflix that started with Beasts of No Nation and continued with Roma to bring this new film to the audiences around the world,” President of Film and Television at Participant Media Jonathan King said.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind stars Aïssa Maïga, Lily Banda, Lemogang Tsipa, Philbert Falakeza and Noma Dumezweni. We’ll let you know when the movie has a release date.

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