The latest in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology, Red, White & Blue continues John Boyega’s move as far away from Star Wars as possible. His activism and interviews discussing race seem like a perfect lead-in to his role as Leroy Logan, a real-life London police officer who dared to try and change a racist system from within.
In the trailer for Red, White & Blue, we see Boyega as Leroy Logan, a forensic scientist who makes the decision to become a London police officer after witnessing two cops assault his father. It’s a choice that his family disagrees with, as evidenced by the opening prayer at the start of the footage.
McQueen’s Small Axe consists of five films, the first two released were Mangrove and Lovers Rock. The thread connecting them is important untold stories of London’s black community from the ’60s to the ’80s. Boyega is joined in the cast by Steve Toussaint, Tyrone Huntley, Nathan Vidal, and Jaden Oshenye.
Red, White & Blue hits Amazon Prime on December 4th.
Red, White and Blue tells the true story of Leroy Logan, a young forensic scientist with a yearning to do more than his solitary laboratory work. When he sees his father assaulted by two policemen, he finds himself driven to revisiting a childhood ambition to become a police officer; an ambition borne from the naïve hope of wanting to change racist attitudes from within. First, Leroy has to face the consequences of his father’s disapproval, never mind the blatant racism he finds in his new role as a despised yet exemplary Constable in the Metropolitan Police Force. John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Steve Toussaint (Prince of Persia) star with talented newcomers Tyrone Huntley, Nathan Vidal and Jaden Oshenye. Red, White and Blue was co-written by Courttia Newland and Steve McQueen.