Aubrey ‘Drake‘ Graham and Netflix are reviving Channel 4 drama Top Boy for a new season, which has just debuted on the platform (September 13th).
The Canadian rapper and his business partner and musical collaborator Adel ‘Future the Prince‘ Nur serve as executive producers on the show, which sees the return of Ashley Walters’ drug dealer Dushane and Kane ‘Kano‘ Robinson’s Sully.
The series ran for two four-episode series on Channel 4, released in 2011 and 2013. That seemed to be the end of the story until it was announced in late 2017 that Drake and Netflix had entered the fold.
Drake released the first footage from the series on the opening night of his seven-night stint at the O2 Arena in London. It features police chases, intense fights and drug deals, with Little Simz‘ voiceover explaining:
“Everyone around here thinks they’re a big man. They live in this mad world where anyone can get it. The olders are washed, the youngers fear nothing. And everyone wants to be a Top Boy.”
This was followed by a full trailer in August 2019.
Drake told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 that he was captured by the depiction of London in the series.
“And that human element drew me in. I started just looking them up. Like, who are these people? Are these actors I should know? Are they just famous over there? I remember I hit Future, and I was just like, ‘This show is incredible.’”
Partnering with Netflix, Drake brought together the original writing and directing team to create a follow-up. The series is written by Ronan Bennett alongside Daniel West, with director Yann Demange also returning along with producers Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind.
The new season will feature original stars, Walters as Dushane and Kano as Sully, in addition to Shone Rumulus (Out) as Dris and Ashley Thomas (Black Mirror) as Jermaine. It will also see the addition of rising UK rappers Simbi ‘Little Simz‘ Ajikawo and David ‘Dave‘ Omoregie.
Check out this short doc, TOP BOY: The Legacy Documentary, on the exciting journey to the reboot, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the new cast and set-up.