Disney has unveiled talented Nollywood actress Kehinde Bankole (Blood Sisters) as one of the cast in its upcoming animated film project Kizazi Moto, Generation Fire.
Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire is a 10-part animated anthology series from an array of talented African creators coming to Disney+ soon. These stories will see animators from Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Egypt put on the world’s spotlight. Each film is expected to be roughly 10 minutes.
Not much is known about Kehinde Bankole’s role yet, but she’ll be joining other big African names from around the world, including Florence Kasumba (Falcon and the Winter Soldier) and Nasty C (Blood and Water).
Oscar-winning director Peter Ramsey (“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”) will serve as executive producer for the Disney+ Original anthology, with Tendayi Nyeke and Anthony Silverston as supervising producers. Triggerfish will be the lead studio for the anthology, working in collaboration with animation studios across the continent and globally.
Michael Paull, President, Disney+ and ESPN+, The Walt Disney Company, had this to say about the project upon its first announcement:
“We are bringing the work of a visionary new generation of African filmmakers to Disney+. In addition to delivering thrilling animation for fans of all ages, this collection of ten original films taps into the Afrofuturism phenomenon which was turbo-charged by Marvel’s Black Panther and reflects Disney’s ongoing commitment to partnering with the leading global talent to tell the stories of the world from fresh and authentic points of view.”
Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire creators include Ahmed Teilab (Egypt), Simangaliso ‘Panda’ Sibaya and Malcolm Wope (South Africa), Terence Maluleke and Isaac Mogajane (South Africa), Ng’endo Mukii (Kenya), Shofela Coker (Nigeria), Nthato Mokgata and Terence Neale (South Africa), Pious Nyenyewa and Tafadzwa Hove (Zimbabwe), Tshepo Moche (South Africa), Raymond Malinga (Uganda) and Lesego Vorster (South Africa).
Each film is expected to be roughly ten minutes long and together will comprise a feature-length anthology of original animation that will be released as a Disney+ Original across the globe.