Young Ghanaian actor Abraham Attah who played Agu, the child soldier in the Netflix film Beasts of No Nation (2015) alongside Idris Elba is to star in the latest Spiderman instalment.
The name of his character has not been revealed, but since his name was released as part of the cast last year, rumours abound that he will be playing black Spiderman Miles Morales… There are lots of articles saying ‘see Abraham Attah in new Spiderman trailer’ but no… so far unless my eyes are failing me, he doesn’t feature in any clips.
This tells me that they’re overly hiding his character because indeed he is Miles Morales, OR they’re not sure about his role and character and not making a big deal of it until final, final edit. Although overlooked at the Oscars that year, Attah won Best Lead Actor Award at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards and the 2015 Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor. He also landed a Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards nominations. Well deserved because he played the hell out of Agu.
Days away from his 16th birthday (June 15), it’s good news he’s getting work post Beasts buzz. It can’t hurt to have a Marvel blockbuster on your acting CV. Truth be told I’d been worrying about what was next for my young Ghanaian cousin (he’s not… but Ghanaians reading this will understand) – I was wondering if his strong Ghanaian accent had been a hindrance to him getting roles in Hollywood; the curse of Hollywood only needing for as long as you make sense to them… Similar concerns with with Oscar nominated; BAFTA award winning Barkhad Abdi the Somali actor who blew into stardom as the Somali pirate Muse in Tom Hanks led Captain Phillips (2013). Abdi hasn’t really had much progress considering his award success, but he will soon be seen in A24 indie Good Time (2017) starring Robert ‘Moonlight‘ Pattinson. The story tells of Abdi plays a character called Dash and can be glimpsed in the trailer.
But this is about young Attah. Can’t wait to see who he ends up playing. Oh, the story of this Spiderman is as follows – Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr), Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighbourhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
Sounds good, and at least we’re not going to have to suffer through yet another version of the same story from the same perspective. Hope they stick and grow with this latest Spiderman actor Tom Holland.
Director: Jon Watts
Writer(s): Jonathan Goldstein | John Francis Daley | Jon Watts | Christopher Ford | Chris McKenna | Erik Sommers | Jonathan Goldstein | John Francis Daley | (based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko
Stars: Zendaya, Donald Glover, Bokeem Woodbine, Garcelle Beauvais, Abraham Attah, Tom Holland, Chris Evans
Release date: 5th July 2017 (US) | 7th July 2017 (UK)