Elliot Edusah (1917), Jordan Peters (Blue Story) and Reda Elazouar (The Little Drummer Girl) have signed to lead the cast of Reggie Yates’ feature debut Pirates, which began shooting this week in London.
Polly Leys and Kate Norrish of Hillbilly Films are producing the project, which was developed with BBC Films and is financed by BBC Films and the BFI.
Written and directed by Yates, the film is a comedy focusing on three friends driving from North to South London on New Year’s Eve 1999 in search of tickets to the supposed hottest party in town.
Edusah will play Cappo; Peters will play Two Tonne; while Elazouar will play Kid. The film is “90s-detail-heavy” according to its director, and will have a soundtrack featuring UK garage hits from the era.
Further cast includes Shiloh Coke and Man Like Mobeen creator and star Guz Khan.
“I am thrilled to be able to tell a positive story about London, the city I was born, live in and love,” said Yates.
Following extensive work as a television and radio presenter, Yates has made both short films and television documentaries across the past five years.
He began with short film Patriarch in 2013; his second short, Date Night starring Daniel Kaluuya, won best UK short at the London Independent Film Festival the following year.
His documentary work includes the Extreme series for BBC Three and Grenfell Tower’s Hidden Victims for BBC Two.
He has recently written one-off television drama Killed By My Fame for the BBC.
Hillbilly’s credits include Second Coming, Debbie Tucker Green’s 2014 Bafta-nominated debut starring Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall.