“Top Boy’s” Alessandro Babalola to star in Man O’War

Babalola in his breakout role as Haze in Netflix’s Top Boy

Alessandro Babalola will play Adem Johnson, the Machiavellian heir to the Johnson Petroleum Corporation who has chosen to develop his career in the English civil service in my 22nd century world. Alessandro gave a star-making turn as the terrifying hitman Haze in Netflix’s brilliant drama Top Boy, and won an Olivier for his performance in Flesh And Bone. I’m really looking forward to seeing him as Adem, which will be a change of pace from his other roles, and explore the dysfunctional family dynamics of the Johnsons.

Also confirmed from the cast list is the Jove-winning Gillian MacGregor (The Stolen, Street Fighter: Resurrection, Nikola Tesla And The End Of The World) as Tilda Boulton, the spiky Detective Inspector whose relentless pursuit of the kokeshi pleasure robots comes from a dark trauma she carries from her past.

Mikhael DeVille (Doctors, The Hijack) will play the jellyfisherman Dhiraj Om, the down-on-his-luck jellyfisherman that happens upon Naomi in his North Sea fishing nets one cold night, and enters into a bargain to raise some quick money for his family, but enters a world he couldn’t possibly have imagined.

Boo Golding will play idealistic industrialist Nita Rhodes, who is so determined to do the right thing for humanity’s lot with her game-changing “emotional intelligence” technology that she will do anything to achieve it.

The cast is looking great, and I can’t wait to see them in action!

Published by Dan Jones

I'm a science fiction writer and podcaster. My debut novel Man O’War was published in 2018 by Snowbooks, and I’ve had a few short stories published here and there. I also host Chronscast, the official podcast of SFF Chronicles, the world's largest science-fiction and fantasy community. Away from writing I work for the UK Space Agency on a programme of space robotics for advanced satellite and planetary exploration technologies. All of which comes in rather handy when coming up with new ideas for science fiction stories.

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