British-Pakistani actor, Riz Ahmed, is all set to play the lead in upcoming film Mughal Mowgli, a film which Ahmed co-wrote and will produce alongside Pulse Films.
Described as a spiritual music drama, the film is about a British-Pakistani rapper whose big break is derailed by serious illness, The National reports. He has co-written the drama with director Bassam Tariq.
The drama will also mark the feature directorial debut of documentary filmmaker Bassam Tariq, whose recent movie Ghosts of Sugar Land won the non-fiction short film award at Sundance and was acquired by Netflix.
The production of the Mughal Mowgli will begin in March in association with Silvertown Films, with BBC Films, Cinereach, SF FILM Invest, Vice Studios, and RYOT Films.
Ahmed emerged in London hip-hop scene after he released his debut solo album in 2011 before forming the popular duo Swet Shop Boys in 2014.
Riz Ahmed has won an Emmy for his role in HBO’s The Night Of and also starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers, and Sony’s Venom. He is currently prepping the TV drama Road to Englistan for the BBC.