Veteran Nollywood actor, Hanks Anuku has joined the cast of the upcoming remake of the classic comedy, Aki na Ukwa.
Anuku, well known for his accent and portrayal of gangster-type roles was announced as the latest cast member to join the remake. The highly anticipated remake, titled Aki and Pawpaw is coming to cinemas nationwide on December 17, 2021. Biodun Stephen serves as the director.
Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme will reprise their roles as Aki and Pawpaw from the original film. In the original, the duo play brothers who cause absolute chaos at their school, home and in their village.
The film also stars Toyin Abraham, Anita Asuoha (Real Warri Pikin), Uti Nwachukwu, Stan Nze, MC Lively, Beverly Osu, Juliet Ibrahim and Chioma Okafor.
The Stephen Oluboyo and Ozioma Ogbaji story follows the mischievous brothers, who try to make a life for themselves. They coincidentally fall into fame and riches they have always craved for through the help of social media. This welcomes them into a world of pleasures, pressures, lies, deceit and enmity.
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‘Aki and Pawpaw’ producers include Chris Odeh, Mimi Bartels and Agozie Agwu. The film is a collaboration between Play Network Studio and FilmOne Entertainment.
Here’s what co-executive producer and Play boss Charles Okpaleke had to say,
“For me, Aki and Pawpaw is beyond the cliché of remaking screen favorites. What we plan to deliver is an orchestration of wittily-told comedy that would resonate with everyone. We understand the attachment the franchise has with its fans, and we are not planning to water down any part of the humor.”
Also, FilmOne Entertainment CEO Moses Babatope said,
“It was nothing short of a no brainer to partner with PLAY Network on this bit of history. We at FilmOne have always been at the helm of pushing the industry and why not also be where we can bring a legendary film as a Christmas gift especially to the African and international fans all over the world,”
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