Steve McQueen’s Small Axe first-look photo features John Boyega
The first official photo from Steve McQueen’s forthcoming anthology drama series titled Small Axe has been released through Deadline, featuring Star Wars alum John Boyega portraying real-life Metropolitan Police officer Leroy Logan, who wanted to make a change within the force after his father got assaulted by two policemen. Set to make its debut sometime this year, you can check out the full photo in the gallery below!
Boyega’s episode titled ” Red, White, And Blue,” was co-written by Courttia Newland and McQueen. Joining Boyega are Steve Toussaint along with newcomers Tyrone Huntley, Nathan Vidal and Jaden Oshenye.
The series revolves around London’s West Indian community between the 1960s-1980s. It is said to be comprised of six parts that tell five different stories. The title comes from a Jamaican proverb that reads: “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe,” meaning that relatively marginal or small voices of dissent can successfully challenge more powerful ones. It is also the title of a Bob Marley song from his album Catch a Fire.
Small Axe stars Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) along with Malachi Kirby (Roots), Shaun Parkes (Lost in Space), Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty), Alex Jennings (Victoria), and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of Scots).
Small Axe was created by McQueen alongside Alastair Siddons and Courttia Newland. Alex Wheatle is serving as a writing consultant. McQueen will also executive produce along with Tracey Scoffield and David Tanner for Turbine Studios. Turbine Studios is producing with Lammas Park, alongside Anita Overland and Mike Elliot for EMU Films. The series will premiere on BBC One with BBC Studios handling international distribution while Amazon has acquired the U.S. rights.