British crime drama Top Boy is returning to television this fall; but first, Netflix released an exclusive spot unveiling the series’ new and returning cast.
Ashley Walters and Kane “Kano” Robinson will reprise their roles as Dushane and Sully, two local drug dealers who return from exile and prison to reclaim their spots at the top of the highly lucrative drug market. Upon their return, however, they come across the young, hungry and ruthless gang leader Jamie (Micheal Ward), whose ambitions leave no place for them on the streets of east London.
Joining the drama are musical artists Little Simz, who narrates the trailer, and David “Dave” Omoregie, along with Lisa Dawn, Jasmine Jobson, Kadeem Ramsay, Saffron Hocking, Kola Bokinni and Hope Ikpoku. Shone Romulus and Ashley Thomas will also return as Dris and Jermaine.
The original series premiered on Channel 4 in 2011, lasting two seasons until its end in 2013. In 2017, rapper and executive producer Drake revealed he would revive the show for Netflix, which currently streams the first two seasons.
“Top Boy is a raw, real representation of street culture,” Walters said in a statement. “It explores how these characters came to make the choices they make, and gives the audience a behind-the-scenes look as to what is happening on our streets today. It needs to be talked about and the show doesn’t shy away from giving us the platform to tell our story…Netflix is the perfect platform for this show, there aren’t many networks who would be brave enough to keep it this real.”
Original writer Ronan Bennett has returned to pen 10 all-new episodes. Drake’s business partner, Adel “Future” Nur, along with Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson for SpringHill Entertainment, are executive producers of the series. The original creative team—Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind (for Cowboy Films), Bennett (for Easter Partisan) and Yann Demange—will also return to executive produce.