New Sky series Django, is loosely inspired by the cult classic Western, Italian Spaghetti (1966).
While searching for his daughter, Django comes upon New Babylon. Here, Django discovers that his daughter is alive and set to marry John Ellis, the founder of New Babylon. Sarah – who blames her father for the death of their family, massacred many years earlier while he was at war – wants Django to leave. But he refuses to give up and does everything in his power to get a second chance with her.
We spoke to actor Dakota Trancher Williams who plays the character Aaron …
Please introduce yourself …
My name is Dakota, I’m an actor. I was born in Stockholm, Sweden, my dad is from New York so I’ve lived there for a few years before moving back to Sweden when I was 4 years old. I have been so lucky to able to work in the industry since I was eight years old.
I was fortunate to be a part of the casting process for Django. I was able to read the first episode and fell in love with the script/project immediately, from there I was offered the role of Aaron.
Tell us Aaron and what his goal is in Django …
Aaron is born a slave and was welcomed into the family by Elizabeth who wanted to make him “the eyes” of Adam, of whom he becomes the only friend, an authentic brother. But as much as he’d like to live a quiet life, fate has other plans for him.
Tell us about working with your fellow cast …
Working with the cast of Django was such a beautiful experience. I learned a lot from the entire cast because everyone is so talented and has passion for the art. But especially from Noomi Rapace who took great care of me throughout the entire process, helping me with my scenes and becoming a better artist. I also had some beautiful moments with Nicholas Pinnock who gave me great advice on how to break down a scene.
What was it about the script that made you say, “Yes, I want to be a part of this”?
The script was extremely captivating from the beginning and shed light on important issues in our history. It was filled with love, redemption and action and it was something I wanted to be a part of from the very start.
What does the story of Django mean to you personally?
Personally it’s been really cool and fun to work with an American Southern accent especially since I have family members living in the South that speak with a similar accent.
Tell us a memorable moment on set?
Every single moment was special in it’s own way. I was excited to come on set everyday knowing how much I was going to grow and learn as an artist.
Which scene/character best defines what you love about this project?
There is a scene with Aaron and Elizabeth in Episode two where we realise as an audience how privileged and lucky Aaron is to be able to read in that particular time in America, but also understating and seeing how trapped he is in a world were he has no power or control over his fate.
What’s next for you?
Right now I’m super excited to be a part of a project that will be released on Netflix 2024.
How do we keep up to date with you and your work?
Keep up with me on my Instagram page @dakotawilliamz
Django is available to watch weekly on Sky Atlantic with NOW from 1st March.