Magazine article Screen International

Akinnuoye-Agbaje to Voice Emirati Animation

Magazine article Screen International

Akinnuoye-Agbaje to Voice Emirati Animation

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Nigerian-UK actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is set to voice the protagonist of an ambitious Emirati feature-length animation inspired by a figure in Arabic folklore.

The as-yet-untitled picture is inspired by the folkloric figure of Bilal, a black African slave who overcame adversity to become a heroic figure in Arabic culture.

It is the first major production by Dubai-based animation studio Barajoun Entertainment and the most ambitious animated work to come out of the UAE to date.

"He's a real hero who lived 1,000 years ago," Barajoun's founding managing partner Ayman Jamal told a news conference on the fringes of the Dubai International Film Festival.

"We like Marvel movies but feel there is a gap in showing real-life super-heroes and that was the point of starting this movie. Our hero is not a super-hero but a real-life hero," he added.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje, best known for his roles in Lost and Thor and soon to be seen in Annie and Game Of Thrones, said he had been drawn to the role by the expertise of the animation team as well as the character's African origin and its Arabian setting. …

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