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Skepta Got Bored of Talks on Who to Play the Black James Bond


January 25, 2024

Rapper Skepta says he has decided to create a film about a black undercover secret service agent after he “got bored of talks on who was going to play the black James Bond”.

Speaking about his debut film, Tribal Mark, Skepta tells the BBC he is set on making an anti-hero character for black actors.

Known as one of the pioneers of British grime music, it is the first time the 41-year-old artist, real name Joseph Olaitan Adenuga Jr, has ventured into film directing, producing and acting.

His new short film follows the journey of a Nigerian immigrant, Mark, who moves to London as a child and adapts to a new culture and way of life. 

Food also features heavily in the film and is used as a way to show how Mark continues to connect with his culture.

As he looks towards Hollywood, Skepta will be hoping that his new movie franchise will be as successful as his music career, and plans are already underway for the first full length film about Tribal Mark.