Letitia Wright and John Boyega Cast in Steve McQueen Series “Small Axe”

Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen is plotting a follow-up to his last movie Widows, and he decided to join forces with BBC. He’s developing the intriguing anthology series Small Axe, with Letitia Wright and John Boyega in the leads.

Small Axe will focus on the struggles of the members of the West Indian community, living in London between the ‘60s and the ‘80s. The six-part series will tell five different stories, that McQueen wanted to share with the world.

“I wanted to relive, reevaluate and investigate the journeys that my parents and the first generation of West Indians went on to deliver me here today calling myself a black British person. What’s important about our stories is that they are local but at the same time global,” explained the 12 Years A Slave director in a statement.

Wright and Boyega aren’t the only actors cast in McQueen’s next project. Small Axe will also star Malachi Kirby (Roots), Shaun Parkes (Lost in Space), Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty), Alex Jennings (The Crown) and Jack Lowden (War & Peace).

The series is expected to premiere on BBC One next year, and Amazon already picked the US rights.