Letitia Wright is set to play a young African woman battling Ireland’s asylum system.

BAFTA award-winning star Letitia Wright of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe film Mangrove and Marvel’s Black Panther will star alongside British actor Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country, The Crown).

Provision will tell the story of Ishtar Deresse (Wright), a young African woman fleeing persecution who ends up spending over two years in Ireland’s asylum system, under constant threat of deportation. While there, she befriends a security guard (O’Connor), who emphasises with her plight. However, the more their growing connection develops, any possible future together comes under frequent threat in an environment where asylum seekers are deemed to be just numbers.

Frank Berry (Michael Inside) directs Provision, with Donna Eperon, Aoife O’Sullivan, and Tristan Orpen Lynch produce for Subotica Entertainment (Michael Inside, Terminal). Shooting is due to start in April in Ireland.

Wright is repped by Identity Agency Group and her attorneys at Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.