WATCH: First trailer for John Ridley and Idris Elba’s ‘Guerilla’ is action-packed
The first trailer for Academy Award winner John Ridley’s new drama Guerilla has been released.
The new drama, for which Idris Elba serves as Executive Producer, follows activist couple Jas (Freida Pinto) and Marcus (Babou Ceesay) as they go head to head with a racist police force during the 1970s Black Power movement in London.
The first trailer demonstrates this subject may be just as explosive as the summary suggests:
Speaking about the series, creator John Ridley said: “Though a created narrative, Guerrilla is rooted in the realities of an era when the young and the passionate of differing backgrounds found themselves united by a struggle for the rights of people of colour, of the oppressed, the disenfranchised, and the marginalised.
“If those rights could not be obtained by way of public referendum, they would be had with the blast of a bomb, or from the end of a gun. These beliefs are personified in our lead characters Jas and Marcus. They are reflected, as well, in an ensemble that must deal with the consequences of their own actions – and at times in action – both for and against ‘the cause’.”
Idris Elba, who also stars in Guerilla, said: “Guerrilla has been the culmination of many ambitions. First and foremost, the opportunity to tell a little-known story from our recent history, a story which not only feels relevant to our life in London today, but informs our understanding of it.
“I’ve had the honour of working on both sides of the screen on this project and coming back to my home town, working in East London, has made this experience, this story, even more personal. I know one thing for sure: this is a very special drama and TV is in for a treat.”